Macron: Trump will likely scrap Iran deal

Macron: Trump will likely scrap Iran deal
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French President Emmanuel Macron said he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE will drop out of the Iran nuclear deal, BuzzFeed News reported.

Macron told reporters on Wednesday that Trump would pull out of the deal as part of a “strategy of increasing tension.”

“My view — I don’t know what your president will decide — is that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,” Macron said.

He noted that such a move "can work in the short term but it’s very insane in the medium to long term.”


Macron's comments signal his inability to change Trump’s mind about the deal during his U.S. visit. The French leader, who has developed a good relationship with the president, will now likely focus on addressing the consequences that Trump’s actions will trigger.

Macron said his U.S. visit was a success in advancing a potential framework for Iran and the U.S. after the likely collapse of the nuclear deal. He also predicted that the U.S. will implement “tough sanctions” following its departure from the deal.

Trump is likely to leave the deal on May 12 — the next deadline for the president to update Congress about Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.