Washington Post source: Trump ‘threw a fit’ over Iran deal

Washington Post source: Trump ‘threw a fit’ over Iran deal
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President Trump reportedly "threw a fit” in mid-July as his top advisers made their case to stick with the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.

“He threw a fit,” one source familiar with the meeting told The Washington Post in a report published Wednesday.

The president was angry he was being compelled by Secretary of State Rex ­Tillerson, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis The US can't go back to business as usual with Pakistan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default MORE and others to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that he viewed as a disaster, according to the Post.

“He was furious. Really furious. It’s clear he felt jammed.”


Trump did not believe their arguments for staying in it, dismissing arguments that Iran was upholding its part of the deal or that the agreement meant a sense a stability for U.S. national security interests, according to the report, which cited seven anonymous sources. 

His advisers, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, reportedly decided to push Trump toward compromise, instead of completely killing it.

“McMaster realized we just cannot come back here next time with a binary option — certify or decertify,” a source familiar with the July discussion told the newspaper,

“He put his team to work on a range of other options, including a decertification option that would involve Congress,” the source continued.

Trump is expected to announce his plans regarding the Iran deal sometime this week.

He is expected to announce that remaining in the deal is not in the nation's national interest but not go so far as to advocate renewed nuclear sanctions, according to the report.