Cardin: ‘Un­clear’ how Con­gress will re­spond if Trump pulls out of Iran deal

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sen. Ben Cardin said Thurs­day that “it’s un­clear” how Con­gress will re­spond if Pres­i­dent Trump pulls out of the Iran nu­clear deal.

“Let’s make it clear, there’s no in­di­ca­tion that Iran has vi­o­lated the nu­clear agree­ment. The pres­i­dent does not want to sign the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion even though he’s be­ing told by his ad­vis­ers it’s in our na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­est to do that,” the Mary­land Demo­crat said on MSNBC.

Mr. Cardin, a rank­ing mem­ber on the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, was one of four Sen­ate Democrats who orig­i­nally op­posed the deal in 2015. He has said in the past that although he did not orig­i­nally agree with the deal, pulling out would not re­flect well on the U.S.

“We do know that Amer­ica’s role in­ter­na­tion­ally will not be as strong as it would be oth­er­wise,” he said. “This is a dan­ger­ous de­ci­sion be­ing made by the pres­i­dent and it’s un­clear how Con­gress will re­spond.”

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