A close adviser to President-elect Donald Trump says that once Trump takes office, the businessman turned political leader doesn’t actually intend to “rip up” the Iranian Nuclear Agreement as he previously indicated.
Walid Phares, one of Trump’s “top foreign policy advisers,” according to the Times of Israel, spoke to BBC Radio on Thursday of his confidant’s intentions.
Phares said, “Ripping up is maybe too strong of a word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it.”
Phares went on to discuss that, rather than President-elect Trump intending to completely demolish the global diplomatic structure put in place by the years of negotiations leading up to the deal’s signing. Trump intends to simply stand in opposition to the deal in much the same way as many of the deal’s critics have long done Calling out, for example, the supposed “750 billion [dollars] to the Iranian regime without receiving much in return.”
Phares thus continued:
‘He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion. It could be a tense discussion but the agreement as is right now — $750 billion to the Iranian regime without receiving much in return and increasing intervention in four countries — that is not going to be accepted by the Trump administration.’
This seeming move towards the effective erasure of yet another of Trump’s most extreme campaign promises signals that, perhaps, a Trump presidency will not be as apocalyptic as many have been led to expect — goaded on of course, predominantly by Trump’s virulently out of line campaign season rhetoric.
However, rhetoric aside, it remains to be seen what the actual effects of a Trump presidency will be upon the United States and the world.
Phares’s remarks to BBC certainly give serious hope to those looking for some silver lining to Trump’s monumental upset victory. As always, those surrounding soon to be President Trump — such as Phares, who holds to the idea that Trump will not and/or should not “rip up” the Iranian nuclear deal — will almost certainly turn out as key to grasping the overall direction of Trump’s policies, both overseas and domestic.
An audio of Phares’s interview with BBC Radio is featured below.
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