What’s going on?
A collective of 45 national security experts is backing a particular plan that would help President Donald Trump withdraw from the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. They say that the deal gives Iran way too much room to grow its nuclear weapons program and doesn’t have enough accountability.
In a letter, the 45 experts urged Trump to follow the advice of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who drafted a plan that would involve withdrawing from the deal; renegotiating terms; and taking real measures to keep Iran from becoming a bigger threat.
The Iran nuclear deal was negotiated under President Barack Obama and established in 2015. During his campaign, Trump vowed to withdraw from the deal and renegotiate, but he has certified the deal twice since taking office.
Does Trump have options?
Frank Gaffney, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under President Ronald Reagan, says yes. He joined Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about Trump’s options for the Obama-era Iran deal and the Center of Security Policy’s letter.
Gaffney noted that in the middle of all the uncertainty, the Iran deal wasn’t even made official.
“It’s not even a signed deal,” he said. “It’s what’s now been called a political understanding.”