As anticipated as the administration had tipped its hand days in advance, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States would pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal. The president also signed a memorandum that called for his administration to snap back the sanctions against Iran that were relaxed under President Barack Obama.
Hours after the president potentially alienated America’s Western allies and raised tensions with other countries in one fell swoop, MSNBC political analyst and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt weighed in on Trump’s actions. And he didn’t hold back.
“With Donald Trump’s unilateral abrogation of this international agreement he has achieved a remarkable result of giving the high ground on issues of national trust and credibility to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s number one leading exporter of terror, over the United States of America,” Schmidt told host Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace. “Isolating us from our allies on of all days VE Day, the anniversary of the end of World War II where the united states in cooperation with its great allies saved the world from tyranny. So we look at his pulling out of this, what he has shown is that the word of the united states in an international agreement means nothing.”
He added that it moves the world closer to war in the Middle East while stating that this is what it looks like when foreign policy is “concocted in the fever swamps” of Fox News and talk radio.
Noting that there are legitimate criticisms of the Iran deal, Schmidt explained that a “competent and responsible president” would have said he doesn’t like the deal but stayed in while insisting on “tough verification and enforcement.” He then ended by noting why Trump truly wanted to get out of the deal.
“The world got a lot more dangerous today because of the incompetence of this president whose only foreign policy philosophy seems to be to nullify the Obama presidency. If Barack Obama was for it, he’s against it. And he’s against it even if it means he makes American national security weaker.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.