Leaving the Iran nuclear agreement isn’t that big of a deal, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
“The allies love this deal, and I certainly hope that in their meeting with President Trump that [French President Emmanuel] Macron and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel talk about ways to improve the deal if we’re going to stay in it,” Rice said on Fox News.
“But if we get out of this deal, it’s going to be just fine,” she said. “The Iranians, I think, will try and stay in because they do want that investment eventually to start flowing.”
Rice added that she would not have signed the Iran deal, and that while there is an argument to be made for staying in it to maintain U.S. alliances, there’s no real argument to stay.
“I would probably have stayed in for alliance management purposes, but I have no argument,” she said. “If the president decides to pull out of the deal, I have no argument with that.”
Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to continue on with the agreement, seek changes, or abandon it. Trump on Monday seemed to indicate once again that he could leave the agreement, and said the U.S. got “nothing” after signing the deal and giving Iran access to billions of dollars.
But Trump also said, “That doesn’t mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Examiner, Pete Kasperowicz