Trump rips Schumer for hypocrisy on Obama Iran deal

Trump rips Schumer for hypocrisy on Obama Iran deal
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President Trump on Monday accused Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown DACA highlights pitfalls of legalization schemes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (D-N.Y.) of hypocrisy for opposing his decision  not to certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration.

“Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it. Tell that to Israel, Chuck!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Schumer voted in favor of a motion to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal, which he opposed as negotiated. 


But he has since offered support for keeping the deal in place, arguing that with sanctions on Iran previously imposed by the United States and its allies now lifted, it would make little sense for the U.S. to move away from the deal on its own.

“The @SenateDems agree with #SecDef Mattis and General Dunford. We won't allow the Iran deal to be undone,” Schumer said Friday.

Schumer referenced Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump's 'Enemies List' — end of year edition 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 MORE and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, who reportedly support keeping the Iran deal in place.

Trump's decision to decertify does not kill the Iran deal, but it does provide for a 60-day window for Congress to reimpose sanctions previously lifted on Iran. Trump has not called for those sanctions to be put back into place.