President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that the U.S. will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, going against the advice of many of his national security advisers.

Trump To Announce Withdrawal From Iran Deal

According to the New York Times, Trump informed French President Emmanuel Macron of his decision, but has not yet officially announced it. The formal White House announcement is scheduled to be made at 2 p.m EST on Tuesday. A spokesman from France’s government denied that Macron had been told of Trump’s decision.

Trump and Macron drew much media attention for their seemingly strong bond during the French President and First Lady’s visit to Washington late last month. Macron was viewed as one of the few foreign leaders who could help convince Trump to ensure the U.S. remained in the Iran deal.

The president has often heavily criticized the Iran pact, slamming his predecessor Barack Obama and his administration for entering into the 2015 agreement, which has been regarded as one of Obama’s biggest foreign policy accomplishments during his tenure. Many news outlets and political pundits had predicted Trump would likely pull out of the deal, particularly given the hawkish administration figures the president has recently added to his team like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. 


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At one point, Trump even called the pact “the single worst deal I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody.”


The U.S.’s withdrawal from the deal means that it will reintroduce all nuclear sanctions it had previously waived as part of the agreement, and also impose economic sanctions (possibly regarding oil and other exports), according to sources informed of the situation. The nation’s relationship with its allies could likely suffer greatly because of its decision on the pact. The White House also recently made a dangerous typo, which was dismissed as a “clerical error,” regarding Iran’s nuclear activity.

Tensions between the U.S. and countries like China and Russia — which are also involved in the Iran deal — could also be substantially affected by Trump’s decision.

According to CNN, Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping early Tuesday morning.

Trump also reportedly complained that the deal did not include any mention of Iran’s ballistic missile program or its support of terrorist activities in the Middle East. According to the Times, Trump also wants Iran’s nuclear fuel supply to continue to be curbed after 2030. As of now, the deal lifts those sanctions.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed Congress on Tuesday, saying Trump planned to exit the Iran deal.

Other nations who signed the agreement, including France, Germany and the UK, have all stated they will remain in the deal.

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