Friday evening, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs asked former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, now chief strategist of the MAGA Coalition, about the way President Trump is being told by his top advisers to re-certify the Iranian nuclear deal, pointing out that it’s one of the issues that he campaigned against while he was running for president last year. Trump even called it “the worst deal ever made”.
“Now we have all sorts of his closest advisers counseling him, saying it’s in the national interest,” said Dobbs, adding, “This is confounding and deeply concerning.”
Gorka agreed. “It was only (former chief strategist) Steve Bannon and myself that supported the president in saying we have to de-certify this deal; it’s bad for America, bad for Israel and bad for global security,” he recalled.
“The ignorance of those globalists who are insisting on a corporatist solution to simply accede to the reality created by Iran in the Middle East, becoming more disruptive and destabilizing by the month; for this to have been ignored by the Obama administration is madness,” said Dobbs, adding, “For this president to have to put up with the kind of nonsense emanating from so many of his advisers in national security and the defense department, I find it astounding.”
“Yes, the Obama administration actually facilitated Iran with tens of billions of dollars of ransom money, but there’s a deeper issue: You do not get good deals with tyrannies,” Gorka pointed out, noting that Hitler, Brezhnev, and the Mullahs in Iran “just don’t abide by these agreements, so the whole thing is flawed from the get-go.”
A video of the interview can be seen below.
In an op-ed for Fox Business, Dobbs wrote about the situation with top Trump officials, stating, “Defense Secretary [James] Mattis who was once a star in the Trump lineup not only contradicts the president, but strays from his lane as he does so. Mattis just yesterday exceeded himself telling the Senate the Iran nuclear deal is in our national interest however, the president hasn’t made a final determination on that issue.”
Dobbs also pointed out in his piece that House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to persuade the administration to keep recently-ousted Tom Price despite his ethical issues and failures on health care.
The Oct. 15 deadline is fast approaching when President Trump must certify to Congress whether or not Iran is in compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — something which must be done by law every 90 days.
Trump has given the compliance certification twice already since he has taken office–despite having criticized it–but next week, he is expected to formally announce that Iran has not been in compliance with the pact, a decision that would officially kill the agreement engineered by former President Barack Obama in 2015.
President Trump has become increasingly frustrated by Iran’s boldness in continuing its tests of ballistic missile technology, as well as its continued targeting of U.S. forces in the area.
By announcing that Iran has not been in compliance with the terms of the agreement, it would save the United States from having to walk away from the agreement and would open the way for Congress to slap harsh economic sanctions on Iran.
However, Defense Secretary James Mattis just stated Tuesday, at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, that he felt it would be in the United States’ national security interest at this time to preserve the agreement.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also encouraging President Trump to hold on to the agreement.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 6, 2017
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