Trump admitted Iran is complying with the nuclear deal it agreed to with the Obama administration, Salon reports.
Trump told Congress despite that, Iran is “unquestionably in default of the spirit” of the deal.
According to The New York Times, Trump didn’t want to certify Iran’s compliance, although he eventually did:
“At an hourlong meeting last Wednesday, all of the president’s major security advisers recommended he preserve the Iran deal for now. Among those who spoke out were Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser; and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to an official who described internal discussions on the condition of anonymity. The official said Mr. Trump had spent 55 minutes of the meeting telling them he did not want to.”
Trump is still expected to maintain/increase antagonism with Tehran.
“The secretary of state — and the president — intends to emphasize that Iran remains one of the most dangerous threats to the US and to regional security,” one senior administration official said. “Moving forward, the administration intends to employ a strategy that will address the totality of Iran’s malign behavior and not just focus on the nuclear deal.”
Trump has consistently slammed the Iran nuclear deal as “bad,” and said it needs renegotiating.
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