Former CIA Director John Brennan warned Tuesday that President Donald Trump‘s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal is a “dangerous, dangerous act” that “puts at risk our national security.”
Brennan, who served under both Democrats and Republicans, made the remarks to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace shortly after Trump announced his withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, despite multiple U.S. allies urging him to remain in the 2015 pact.
“Is there a consistent policy on the pursuit of nuclear weapons from countries that threaten this country?” Wallace asked the former director.
“There is consistent incoherence in the policy,” Brennan responded. The policy “unnerves our allies and partners,” he cautioned.
“[T]his is not just foolish. This is dangerous,” Brennan said. “And Mr. Trump has repeatedly misrepresented the facts of the nuclear deal with Iran. He’s basically lied to the American people and lied to the world about what that deal entails.”
Brennan warned that the U.S. withdrawal from the deal “sent a very bad signal” not only to Iran and North Korea, but also to China and Russia.
“This is fundamentally wrong from the standpoint of America being able to fulfill its responsibilities,” Brennan said. “I don’t know when people – those in the Republican Party who continue to apologize and make excuses for Mr. Trump – I don’t know when they’re going to come to their senses. This is a dangerous, dangerous act.”
“This is an action that puts at risk our national security as well as the stability and security of the Middle East as best it can happen,” Brennan added.
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 8, 2018