On Iran, Trump does the right thing and rebukes the State Department ‘swamp’
By Fred Fleitz
Published April 22, 2017
Earlier this week, I wrote in Fox News Opinion how State Department careerists – part of the so-called Washington, D.C. “Swamp” that President Trump ran against in his campaign — scored a big win by declaring that Iran is in compliance with the disastrous 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.
As I explained in my article, this certification is false – Iran clearly has violated the terms of the nuclear deal. State Department careerists ignored these violations to protect the JCPOA – a legacy achievement of President Obama – and to force President Trump to backtrack on his fierce criticism of the deal as one of the worst ever negotiated.
We now know President Trump is having none of this.
Several sources told me the president “hit the ceiling” after the State Department sent its certification to Congress on April 18 saying that Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA.
The next day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hastily called a press conference in which he strongly condemned Iran as a state sponsor of terror which is destabilizing the Middle East.
Tillerson also said the JCPOA is a very weak agreement which “fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran” and “only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state.”
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