Republican presidential contender Donald Trump wrote an op-ed for USA Today in which the no-nonsense real estate mogul turned politician criticizes the Iran deal and the U.S. negotiating team.
“It is hard to believe a president of the United States would actually put his name on an agreement with the terrorist state Iran that is so bad, so poorly constructed and so terribly negotiated that it increases uncertainty and reduces security for America and our allies, including Israel,” Trump’s piece began.
“It was amateur hour for those charged with striking this deal with Iran, demonstrating to the world, yet again, the total incompetence of our president and politicians,” Trump continued.
He later channeled former President Ronald Reagan’s famous saying, “No deal is better than a bad deal” to explain what the Obama administration’s agenda should have been all along.
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Trump then began to point out the possible negative effects of the deal, mostly points that other critics of the deal have used to drive up support on their behalf.
“After the agreement goes into effect: All nuclear-related sanctions will be lifted. Iran receives a windfall of $150 billion, which will no doubt fund terrorism around the world,” he wrote.
Trump brought up one of more controversial points in the deal: wording that gives Iran a 24-day clearance before other nations can inspect their weapons programs and power to block certain facilities from being inspected.
Trump also blasted the Obama administration for negotiating a deal with Iran while American prisoners, including one former Marine and a Christian minister, were still being held prisoner in the country.
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Trump added that Iran could “be a nuclear state” in the future and that the deal could “lead to an all-out arms race” in the Middle East.
Trump is expected to join another GOP presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in the nation’s capital Sept. 9 to publicly denounce the Iran deal.
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