Saturday, November 12, 2016

Will Trump scrap the Iran deal? If so, this is how he could do it


Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing.

President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the United States, it rolled back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The open question – as are so many questions about his intentions – is what does the next leader of the free world want to do? Trump’s peregrinations were evident when he spoke last March to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference, and claimed – literally minutes apart – that he both planned to enforce the deal, and also to scrap it.

“My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump said then, and a few moments later: “We will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me.”

Trump appears more recently to be leaning more in the direction of enforcement over scrapping.

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