Duncan Issues Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

May 8, 2018 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C. — South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama-Era Iran Nuclear Deal: 

“Nearly every aspect of President Obama’s Iran Deal was deeply flawed. At the end of the day, President Obama trusted the word of a rogue nation over the wishes of the American people. From its conception, the deal faced extensive bipartisan opposition and lacked vision. In fact, the agreement was so poorly conceived and negotiated that the Obama Administration’s motives for entering into such an deal deserve questioning. I applaud President Trump for keeping his word, honoring his promises to the American people, and recognizing that for the sake of international security, we can and must do better.

“The Iran deal broke decades of national security precedent by commingling the issues of prisoner releases and sanctions relief, endangering every American in the process. The deal also gave valuable resources to the world’s greatest financier of terrorism, without any concessions from Iran on ending their nefarious activities. Finally, the agreement lacked any real enforcement capabilities to ensure that the Iranians were following through on their end of the bargain.

“While I am sure this decision will be met with disappointment from some of our allies, their disappointment should be directed at the Obama Administration, not President Trump. President Obama brokered this agreement in spite of intense bipartisan opposition in Congress. The deal never had the support of the American people, and for the good of the country, President Obama should have never proceeded on his own. This withdraw should be a cautionary tale for future administrations seeking to bypass and disregard Congress while negotiating international agreements.”

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