Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday that President Donald Trump‘s withdrawal from the Iran Deal is a “dangerous, dangerous act” that “puts at risk our national security.”
Brennan, who served under both Democrats and Republicans, made the comment to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace hours after Trump announced from the Diplomatic Room of the White House America’s withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, despite multiple U.S. allies urging otherwise.
Critics of the administration’s withdrawal from the deal have said that it sends the wrong message to North Korea, for example, a country with whom the U.S. is currently trying to reach a diplomatic solution on the development of nuclear weapons. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in a tweet Tuesday that he was on his way to North Korea to lay the groundwork for Trump’s eventual meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
The administration’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran while pushing for a separate agreement with North Korea could send the wrong signal to other countries, as MSNBC’s Wallace alluded to Tuesday in a question to Brennan.
“Is there a consistent policy on the pursuit of nuclear weapons from countries that threaten this country?” Wallace asked the former director. Brennan responded by saying, “there is consistent incoherence in the policy.”
But, Brennan added, the policy “unnerves our allies and partners.”
“[T]his is not just foolish. This is dangerous,” Brennan said. “And Mr. Trump has repeatedly misrepresented the facts of the nuclear deal with Iran. He’s basically lied to the American people and lied to the world about what that deal entails.”
Brennan referred to the statement released by former President Barack Obama on Tuesday, which he said “laid out clearly the facts of the deal, what that deal provided to us, what type of assurances we have that Iran is not going to pursue this.”
In the statement, Obama insisted that the plan “is working.”
“That is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA [Iran Deal] is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea,” Obama said.
“Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans,” the former president added.
Brennan echoed Obama’s sentiment that the U.S. withdrawal from the deal “sent a very bad signal” not only to Iran and North Korea, but also to China and Russia.
“This is fundamentally wrong from the standpoint of America being able to fulfill its responsibilities,” Brennan said. “I don’t know when people – those in the Republican Party who continue to apologize and make excuses for Mr. Trump – I don’t know when they’re going to come to their senses. This is a dangerous, dangerous act.”
“This is an action that puts at risk our national security as well as the stability and security of the Middle East as best it can happen,” Brennan added.
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