McMaster: Trump laid down a marker for Iran, allies to fix 'weak' deal

McMaster: Trump laid down a marker for Iran, allies to fix 'weak' deal
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President Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Sunday that the president's threat to cancel the multinational Iran deal laid out a marker for U.S. allies and Iran to fix the "weak" deal. 

"What the president has done is, he has set out a marker, a marker to Iran, our allies and our partners that we have to fix fundamental flaws in this deal," McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday."

"It is a weak deal that is being weakly monitored, and so the president has made clear he will not permit this deal to provide cover for what we know is a horrible regime to develop a nuclear weapon," he continued. 


McMaster's comments come days after Trump threatened to terminate the agreement, which was brokered under the Obama administration. 

Despite McMaster's remarks and the president's decision, Trump's top advisers —including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMacron: US 'retreat from Syria' won't change mission to eradicate ISIS Poll: Most Americans want US troops in Syria Fox's Griffin: Was told by diplomat that Syria attack was 'direct result' of US pullout decision MORE and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report Forget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency MORE — have said Iran has stayed in compliance with the accord. 

The president on Friday threatened to kill the deal if Congress did not come back with "satisfactory" changes. 

The move was met with criticism from Democrats, as well as from key European allies.