Trump was snorting, out of it, and seemed to have no idea what he was reading as he withdrew the US from the Iran deal.
Trump confirmed that he got played by Netanyahu:
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) May 8, 2018
The president said, “Today we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week Israel published intelligence documents, long concealed by Iran, conclusively showing the Iranians regime and it’s history of pursuing nuclear weapons. The fact is, this was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made. It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will. In the year since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget has grown by almost 40%.”
Trump withdrew the US from the deal:
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 8, 2018
Trump said, “I am announcing today, that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. Nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting at the highest level of economic sanction, any country that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States. America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. Will now allow American cities to be subject to destruction. And we will not upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un. Plans are being made, relationships are strengthening and what will happen between South Korea, North Korea and Japan, a future of great prosperity for all.”
Trump’s claim that Iran is still building their nuclear program is a lie:
Per @jeffzeleny: Trump will make the case that Iran has continued to build its nuclear weapons program, a White House aide tells CNN.
Trump's DNI, Secretary of Defense and new Secretary of State have all said in the last two months that Iran is in compliance with the deal.
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) May 8, 2018
Trump was snorting and barely able to read his teleprompter
Trump is not a leader who is in command of anything. His announcement showed how unhinged he has become. Trump has convinced himself that this deal is bad, but at the same, the president didn’t seem to understand the words that he was saying. Trump is unhinged, and he made a bad decision that will impact the entire world, all because he thinks that this will play well with the Fox News crowd.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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