Democrats -- and some Republicans -- unhappy with Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran deal

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday ...

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:27 AM
Updated: May 9, 2018 7:27 AM

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, sparking outrage from Democrats and at least some criticism from the President's own party.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters he didn't see a reason to withdraw from the agreement.

"There are no reports that Iran has violated the agreement," he said. "To me, the greatest worries from Iran are not right now (on) the nuclear side, but rather what they're doing in Syria."

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the withdrawal a "mistake of historic proportions."

"The last thing America and the world need right now is a new nuclear threat. Breaking this deal increases the danger that Iran will restart its nuclear weapons program, which threatens our ally, Israel, and destabilizes the entire Middle East," he said in a statement. "It isolates the United States from the world at a time when we need our allies to come together to address nuclear threats elsewhere, particularly in Korea. This is a mistake of historic proportions."

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that such a move drives "a wedge between us and our allies."

"Simply withdrawing the United States from the JCPOA will not benefit the American people and US national security: it will only succeed in driving a wedge between us and our allies, whose help we need to enforce any future sanctions regime against Iran, and will effectively green light Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons," he said in the statement. "Withdrawing from this agreement makes the United States, and the world, less secure."

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Tuesday a "sad day" because of the announcement.

"Democrats have no illusions about the Iranian regime. We remain strongly committed to stopping the advancement of Iran's ballistic missile program, its egregious human rights abuses, and its support of terrorism and other nefarious activities in the region. Today is a sad day for America's global leadership," she said in a statement. "The Trump Administration's dangerous and impulsive action is no substitute for real global leadership."

Just before the announcement, Democratic members prepared themselves for reports that Trump was planning to begin exiting the deal.

While members cautioned they wanted to know exactly what Trump would do before commenting, Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was "a huge mistake to withdraw without a plan."

"I think it's a huge mistake to break away without important allies and I think it is another mistake to have no strategy to deal with all of Iran's nefarious activities especially without allies," Menendez said.

Menendez warned that Congress needed to consider intervening if it could.

"That's something we need to think about," Menendez said.

Sen. Tim Kaine, another member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN that it would be problematic if Trump renewed sanctions.

"I think he will be driving the wedge between the United States and our European allies," Kaine said.

While most Republicans have consistently opposed the Iran deal -- a key accomplishment of President Barack Obama -- some Republicans had been encouraging Trump not to pull out of the agreement without a plan B.

Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican and senior House Armed Services Committee member, opposed Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal.

"Without proof that Iran is in violation of the agreement, it is a mistake to fully withdraw from this deal," he said in a statement.

Over the weekend, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry told Fox News he didn't want to see the US pull out completely from the Iran deal.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, also said the Iran deal had been flawed, but she preferred an approach where the U..S would "remedy those flaws" with allies rather than walking away all together.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said it was disappointing the White House couldn't reach an agreement with US allies, but is confident the President will work for a better deal.

"Based on conversations I have had in recent days, it is my sense that the administration will move quickly to work toward a better deal," he said in a statement. "Moving forward, I will continue to work with the administration, my colleagues in Congress, and our foreign partners on a policy that actually meets our shared goal: preventing Iran from being able to produce a nuclear weapon."

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, told CNN's Jake Tapper that he doesn't think Trump's decision is "a wise move," and that he does not believe the country is safer as a result of the action.

"I just don't think that it's a wise move," Flake said in an interview on "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "Our allies and our adversaries need to know that we are reliable, and I think that's missing right now."

Huntsville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 60°
Florence
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 62°
Fayetteville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 56°
Decatur
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 59°
Scottsboro
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 57°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18911337
Mobile13039289
Montgomery8628173
Madison750775
Tuscaloosa7180114
Lee570559
Shelby564550
Baldwin504749
Marshall382143
Etowah333447
Calhoun332039
Morgan318126
Houston269922
Elmore251947
DeKalb234619
St. Clair221335
Walker220780
Talladega205026
Limestone197319
Cullman183017
Franklin174128
Dallas173626
Russell17112
Autauga167324
Lauderdale164133
Colbert159326
Escambia155725
Blount154214
Jackson149411
Chilton147127
Dale132743
Covington130227
Coffee12708
Pike11519
Tallapoosa113183
Chambers112342
Clarke104917
Marion93728
Butler90838
Barbour8307
Marengo69919
Winston69912
Lowndes64527
Pickens63114
Bibb62810
Hale61228
Randolph60712
Bullock58514
Lawrence58220
Monroe5758
Geneva5634
Cherokee55516
Washington54413
Perry5376
Clay5367
Wilcox53011
Conecuh52311
Crenshaw52231
Macon47620
Henry4674
Fayette4189
Sumter41819
Lamar3452
Choctaw34412
Cleburne3206
Greene30015
Coosa1613
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 181439

Reported Deaths: 2216
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby29800446
Davidson25840289
Hamilton903388
Rutherford890287
Knox880672
Williamson503036
Sumner462993
Wilson331841
Putnam301937
Montgomery292243
Bradley281816
Out of TN281123
Unassigned28036
Madison259656
Sevier250013
Blount242523
Maury218323
Robertson215133
Washington212332
Sullivan203831
Hamblen183125
Tipton171117
Trousdale16477
Hardeman151325
Gibson149219
Wayne14785
Bedford129516
Dyer125312
Dickson117612
Cumberland114317
Anderson111711
Fayette111118
Carter110827
Weakley110419
Henderson110119
Loudon10996
Greene107936
Coffee106912
Obion10669
Jefferson105114
McMinn104524
Macon100719
Warren9977
Monroe99416
Hardin95414
Lawrence93911
Lauderdale92815
Haywood90016
Franklin8757
Lake8712
Bledsoe8444
Roane8284
Carroll81617
Cheatham78410
McNairy78316
Rhea76611
White7639
Hawkins74716
Cocke7309
Marshall6985
Overton6734
Smith66910
Johnson6352
Henry5949
Chester5769
Lincoln5761
Giles54917
DeKalb54111
Hickman5154
Crockett49719
Marion4937
Decatur4556
Claiborne4234
Fentress4223
Campbell4153
Polk37511
Grainger3462
Benton3319
Union3311
Jackson3024
Morgan3023
Unicoi2741
Cannon2690
Grundy2305
Humphreys2243
Sequatchie2193
Meigs2163
Scott1972
Clay1825
Houston1780
Lewis1691
Stewart1672
Van Buren1490
Moore1451
Perry1400
Hancock1063
Pickett942

Community Events