Washington Is In A Frenzy: Awaiting Trump’s Decision On Iran Deal

All eyes are on President Trump as he said on Tuesday that he would be announcing the fate of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday afternoon.

Trump has decried the deal and experts are predicting that his decision will spell doom to the agreement. His announcement could subsequently implement sanctions against Iran, which were removed as a result of the deal.

While the country of Iran has already proclaimed they would not accept any chances to the deal currently in place, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, perhaps the top Republican over matters concerning the Iran deal, seems poised to sticking with the deal and negotiating a better one.

“I believe the best path forward at this point is to continue to fix these flaws as we enforce the hell out of the deal,” Royce said. “The Obama administration has put us in a tough spot. Roughly $100 billion was given to Iran. At least $1.7 billion of that was an apparent cash ransom payment, stacked on pallets and flown – against the advice of the Justice Department and other officials – to the Iranian regime. Much of this has likely found its way into the hands of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

“Tearing up the nuclear deal would not recover this cash,” Royce added. “That toothpaste isn’t going back into the tube. It also won’t help galvanize our allies into addressing Iran’s dangerous activities that threaten us all. I fear a withdrawal would actually set back these efforts and Congress has heard nothing about an alternative.”

“We should be able to get an agreement with the Europeans to fix these serious flaws… If we don’t have an agreement today, let’s double down on diplomacy and get an agreement in the weeks ahead.”

Here’s what some people are saying about the Iran deal and Trump’s announcement:

U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry –

Here’s more on Thornberry, via Reuters:

President Donald Trump is facing a May 12 deadline on whether to re-impose sanctions against Iran. Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry said on Fox News Sunday it would be a mistake for Trump to scuttle the nuclear accord reached with Tehran. “I would counsel against it,” he said.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Thornberry is considered a key Republican voice on national security issues. Thornberry said that while he was opposed to the deal when it was signed by the Obama Administration in 2015, exiting the agreement now would erode Washington’s leverage against Tehran.

“I thought it was a bad deal,” he said. “But the key question is, ok, what happens next if the U.S. pulls out? Does Iran kick out those inspectors so we lose the visibility we have?”

Trump’s Legislative Director Marc Short –

Eurasia President Ian Bremmer –

After reports surfaced of former Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped author the deal, conducting secret meetings with Iranian leaders, President Trump has tweeted twice about him.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump said.

And, “John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”

The rumor mill is already beginning to circulate:

Here’s even more on what people can expect to hear during Trump’s announcement, per Bloomberg:

President Donald Trump began calling key foreign leaders and scheduled a briefing with members of Congress on Tuesday ahead of a planned announcement of whether he’ll exit the Iran nuclear deal, as he has long threatened to do.

Key U.S. allies and analysts say the president is likely to exit, casting into doubt the future of an accord widely seen as reining in Iran’s nuclear program. Trump has said the deal doesn’t do enough to address threats from the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program and its involvement in regional conflicts.

The president said he’ll announce his decision at 2 p.m. in Washington, ahead of a May 12 deadline set by U.S. law. He tweeted that he was scheduled to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping this morning, and Reuters reported he’d also talk with French President Emmanuel Macron, Reuters reported.

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