Donald Trump “threw a fit” in mid-July when his top military advisers tried to persuade him not to scrap the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, according to a report in the Washington Post Wednesday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis defended the 2015 accord during a July meeting at the White House, counseling Trump to keep the deal.
“He was furious. Really furious. It’s clear he felt jammed,” a source told the Post.
Trump raged at Tillerson and Mattis, while national security adviser H.R. McMaster suggested a compromise whereby Trump could refuse to certify the deal but let Congress decide whether to reimpose sanctions, according to the report, which cited seven anonymous sources.
His advisers, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, reportedly decided to push Trump toward compromise.
“McMaster realized we just cannot come back here next time with a binary option — certify or decertify,” a source familiar with the July discussion told the newspaper,
“He put his team to work on a range of other options, including a decertification option that would involve Congress,” the source continued.
Trump is expected to announce this week the agreement with Iran is not in U.S. national interests.