Apr 23, 2017

Trump's third way on Iran

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

When candidate Donald Trump addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last March, he made the crowd go wild when he declared: "My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran."

Well ... not so much. On Tuesday the Trump administration grudgingly certified that Iran was living up to its end of the 2015 nuclear deal. The President's subsequent comment that Iran is violating the "spirit" of the nuclear deal doesn't mean he's going to tear the deal up — he won't. But our sources say it's foolish to dismiss that sentence as pure bluster.

Around the corner: The way you should read Trump's comment is that he wants to "un-do" an Obama-era Iran policy following the deal that amounted to accommodation of Tehran at every turn.

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