Rush Statement on Trump's Decision to Abandon the Iran Nuclear Deal


Date: May 8, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), released the following statement on President Trump's rash decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

"With this decision, we have witnessed yet another example of a temperamentally unfit and reckless president who will do anything to undo the successes of the prior Administration.

"This decision is not grounded in facts, reason, or strategy and Trump has likely put Iran back on the path toward building a nuclear weapon, which will only serve to further destabilize the region and endanger the U.S. and our allies.

"Trump would like us to believe his "fake news' that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not working. In reality, though, it is. This agreement has paved the way for historic restrictions and thorough inspections that prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

"Irresponsibly withdrawing from this agreement damages America's credibility around the globe, which has already been tarnished by his lies, erratic behavior, and incompetence. It also undermines future diplomacy and sends a clear message to North Korea and other countries that our word is not our bond.

"Trump has spent his entire campaign and his beleaguered presidency calling the Iran nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever' but he's been in office for 15 months and has yet to successfully make a single deal.

"Unilaterally walking away from this agreement -- and thereby ignoring the concerns of some of our most trusted partners around the world -- does not make the American people and our allies safer it just exacerbates our biggest global challenges.

"Trump's decision today does not project smart and strong leadership. It projects small and weak leadership from a man that will do literally anything to fulfil an empty campaign promise, even though the consequences for people at home and around the globe may be catastrophic"