Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"The Iran Nuclear Agreement remains our best chance for lasting peace and nuclear nonproliferation in Iran. Forged with the assistance and support of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, the United Nations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the JCPOA was the toughest check on Iran's nuclear ambitions in history, with a rigorous system of monitoring in place to make sure they upheld their end of the bargain. With his decision to take the United States out of the agreement, President Trump is once again ignoring his own national security experts, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the international community who all agree the deal is working to keep Americans and our allies safer. The President is committing an egregious national security miscalculation rooted in politics, not fact. He is signaling to the world that the United States is not leading with a steady hand. I believe President Trump is making a grave mistake by withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, but I also feel passionately that Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing and push back on the President to avoid an international crisis and global instability. I will say finally that in addition to being a dangerous day in US foreign policy, it is also a sad one. No President has done more to diminish the role of American leadership on the global stage. Due to his erratic leadership, the epicenter of the free world seems to no longer be Washington, DC -- but Paris, Berlin, and London. When America is on the sidelines, the world is less safe," said Congressman Ryan.