Alabama Republicans in Congress support Trump’s Iran decision

Published 11:42 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2018

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the United States would officially withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, calling the agreement a “horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”

Members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation largely supported the move.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, said, “I was vehemently opposed to the #Iran nuclear deal from the start. It was a terrible idea for the United States & our allies then, and time has not improved it. ”

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, released the following statement:

“I have said from the very beginning that the Iran Deal was a flawed, weak deal that served the interests of bad actors in Iran at the expense of our own. I strongly opposed this Obama-era executive agreement, and I support the Trump Administration’s efforts to ensure that we truly end Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

“Moving forward, Congress must stand locked-arm in our approach to dealing with this rogue nation for the sake of our national security. I believe it is imperative that we reinstate the economic sanctions against Iran that were in place prior to this nuclear agreement. It’s no secret that Iran has not stopped its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon, and we must take this threat very seriously in our future negotiations with the leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said: “President Obama’s decision to enter into the nuclear ‘deal’ with Iran was the biggest U.S. foreign policy mistake since the end of World War I, and it has not made America or the world a safer place. President Trump is right to exit the deal and hold Iran accountable for their reckless and dangerous actions.

“It is also important to remember that there has been bipartisan opposition in Congress to the Iran deal since it was first announced. Despite a majority in the House and the Senate expressing opposition to the deal, President Obama chose to act alone without Congressional approval, and that is one of many reasons why this ‘deal’ was never going to work.”

The Iran agreement, struck in 2015 by the United States, other world powers and Iran, lifted most U.S. and international sanctions against the country. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program making it impossible to produce a bomb, along with rigorous inspections.

Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.”

Former President Barack Obama called Trump’s decision “a serious mistake” and Hillary Clinton said “it makes America less safe and less trusted.”