Trump calls Iran deal “insane” during Macron’s White House visit

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear deal “insane” and said it “should have never been made” during an official visit with French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday.

Speaking to the press alongside Macron, Trump issued a stark warning to Tehran not to restart its nuclear program if the US pulls out of the internationally-supported nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement.

“They are not going to be restarting anything. [If] They restart it they are going to have big problems, bigger than they’ve ever had before,” Trump warned. Trump denounced the Iran agreement as a “terrible deal” that was “insane” and “ridiculous” because it did not deal with ballistic missiles or Iran’s activities in places like Yemen or Syria. But he said he would talk about whether to preserve it with President Macron. “We made this terrible deal but we’re going to discuss it,” he said.

Macron cited the Iran deal “is an important issue”, which the two leaders will discuss “as part of a broader picture which is security in the overall region. We have the Syria situation, upcoming elections in iraq, we have stability to preserve for our allies in the region. What we want to do is to contain the Iranian presence in the region.” The two leaders will also discuss the Paris Climate Accord, which the US withdrew from last June.

At the opening ceremony earlier in the day, Trump said his “special relationship” he forged with Macron was a testament to the “enduring friendship that binds our two nations.” He thanked the French leader for his “steadfast partnership” in the recent missile strike in response to the chemical attack in Syria.

The French President told Trump that together the US and France would defeat terrorism, curtail weapons of mass destruction in North Korea and Iran and act together on behalf of the planet, a reference to Macron’s work to revive a US role in the Paris climate accord.

“History is calling us. It is urging our people to find the fortitude that has guided us in the most difficult of times,” Macron said. “France and with it, Europe, and the United States have an appointment with history

Source: Kuwait News Agency