Fred Fleitz: Trump’s Getting out of the Iran Deal, Just Not Now So Iran and N. Korea Don’t Blow Up Simultaneously
MacCALLUM: "Joining me now a former CIA analyst who worked on the Iran nuclear program for 20 years. He is now senior vice president at the center for policy security. You were listening to the conversation here, what’s your take?"
FLEITZ: "The president made the wrong decision but maybe it wasn’t as bad as people think. The nuclear deal is very weak, Iran’s behavior got worse. It squandered military spending. The fixes proposed are very weak and will not fix the deal and I don’t think they are going to be improved by Congress. But here’s something — I’m good to break some news here. If this is based on a friend of mine who met with the president in December. The president told my friend to decertify the deal in October, he never thought Congress would fix it. I don’t think he thinks Congress will ever fix it. You might ask why did the president do what he did today? North Korea is the president’s priority. If he does not want both situations to blow up simultaneously. I think that makes a lot of sense and it makes me feel better about a decision on the face of it looks very bad. Let me make one final point. I think there are senior officials leaving this government over the next 120 days. I think one will be Rex Tillerson, one will be H.R. Mcmaster and the president who needs people who support his Iran policy, hold hopefully John Bolton can get us out of the deal. It helps us explain what seems to be an inexplicable decision why the president would extend this terrible Iran deal again."