Durbin Rips Trump Decision To Break Iran Deal

Durbin: the American people overwhelmingly oppose what the President did today. It is a historic, tragic, and reckless decision

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate floor after President Trump announced that he will unilaterally pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

In 2015, Durbin led the effort in the Senate that ultimately allowed the Iran Agreement to proceed, securing enough votes to block an effort to derail it.

So here we are today, with President Trump plunging us and our allies into uncertainty when it comes to an Iranian nuclear weapon and the credibility of America’s word around the world,” said Durbin. “Not good timing, I might add, when trying to negotiate a deal to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons. What will President Trump do if Iran restarts its nuclear weapons program? Will he start another war in the Middle East? Certainly we will have no inspectors there anymore in such a case, and at best only set back Iran’s nuclear program for a number of years. So President Trump and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who support this move or are unwilling to speak against it, the situation being created by walking away from the JCPOA is now in your hands.”

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor are available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.