Shaheen Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw the United States from the Iran Deal

May 08, 2018

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran deal:  

“As intended, the Iran deal significantly constrained Iran’s nuclear activity,” said Shaheen. “In following through on his reckless campaign promise to withdraw from the Iran deal, President Trump is ignoring the sound guidance of his military leadership, diplomats, fellow Republicans and our nation’s closest allies, all at the expense of our national security interests. This decision needlessly discards our only effective means of curtailing Iran’s nuclear capabilities and emboldens hardliners in Iran to resume nuclear weapons activity. It also severely undermines the credibility and negotiation leverage of the United States in resolving current and future crises through diplomacy. Decisions of this magnitude should be based on the long-term security interests of our country, not political expediency.”