Trump discusses Iran with Netanyahu as deadline looms

Trump discusses Iran with Netanyahu as deadline looms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE on Saturday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about concerns regarding Iran as the U.S. considers withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

The two leaders discussed “threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities,” according to a White House readout of the call released Sunday.

The Trump administration has backed Israel amid growing tensions with Iran.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE met with Netanyahu in Israel, where they spoke about the need to keep Iran in check in the region. 


“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region, and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains,” Pompeo said following his meeting with Netanyahu.

Pompeo reiterated his belief that Trump sees the Iran nuclear deal as “very flawed.” 

“He’s directed the administration to try and fix it, and if we can’t fix it, he’s going to withdraw from the deal. It’s pretty straightforward,” he said.

He added that the Trump administration will work to limit Iranian influence through efforts beyond the nuclear deal, though he did not specify what measures might be taken.

Foreign leaders are waiting to see whether Trump will officially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, which the president has dubbed "the worst deal ever."

Trump has set a May 12 deadline for European allies to agree to a supplemental deal that addresses flaws he sees in the existing agreement.

The Obama-era deal between the United States, Iran, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union provided Tehran billions in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

Both French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Washington last week and discussed the Iran deal with Trump. Macron later said he expects Trump to withdraw from the deal, despite his argument that such a move will be costly in the long term.