NYT’s Kristof: Trump’s Foreign Policy Is ‘About Vandalism of Everything that President Obama Had Done’
KEILAR: "We’re getting some pretty stunning pictures out of Iran as Iranian leaders react to the president’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal. Burning both an American flag and a copy of the deal during a session of parliament and they’re going to act on taking reciprocal action against the U.S. Iranian’s president is attempting to moderate Iran’s response to trump’s approximately out, promising to commit to the agreement for the time being. Trump asked what he would do if Iran restarted its nuclear program, he responded like this."
TRUMP: "Iran will find out. I don’t think they should do that. I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program. I would advise them very strongly. If they do, there will be very severe consequence."
KEILAR: "This decision by the president to withdraw represents yet another disruption on the global stage the president also withdrawing from this Paris climate accord. They have engaged with unprecedented talks with north Korea. He’ll be the first is thing president to meet a north Korean leader. Trump has also sent mixed messages to North Korea. — On Syria.
KRISTOF: "It was striking in president Trump’s address to the nation, he didn’t really outline any coherent reasons for rejecting the Iran accord. To the extent he described what was in it, he pretty much mangled it and misstated its logic. It seems to me and a lot of people that his potential motivation in rejecting the Iran accord, as indeed much of his foreign policy, is simply to overturn President Obama’s policy and dismantle president Obama’s legacy. So it’s not really about foreign policy, it’s about vandalism of everything that President Obama had done in ways that I think create real risks ahead for the U.S. And for the world. His own secretary of defense said that the Iran nuclear deal was in the U.S. National interest. Yet President Trump overturned that. I think that the pessimists may be a little overdoing it in terms of the near term consequences but I do think we’re setting in motion a process that could lead over time to a conflict with Iran. And, boy, we’ve been through enough wars in the Middle East."