Donald Trump blasted away at the Iran deal Sunday, saying, “I think it’s going to lead to nuclear holocaust.”
Trump, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” told Chuck Todd it would be very difficult to get rid of the deal on day one, but he would “police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance, as bad as the contract is. I will be so tough on that contract.”
Todd: Let me ask you this. I understand that there’s a lot of people critical of the deal. But could you, what deal can you come up with that wouldn’t give Iran money? No sanctions relief?
Trump: Okay, I would have told them by the way, we will never give you back your money. We will never give you back your $150 billion. You’re never getting that money back. That’s number one. Number two, before we start negotiations, you have to give us our three prisoners, now it’s four. Okay, you know when it started it was three, now it’s four. You have to give us back, without question, you have to give them back. And you know what, you don’t want them but we do. It’s psychologically good and it will help us make a better deal together, that’s good for you, okay. But I would have told the upfront, you will never get your $150 billion back. They are going to be such a wealthy, such a powerful nation, they are going to have nuclear weapons. They are going to take over parts of the world that you would’t believe. And I think it’s going to lead to nuclear holocaust. And I will say this, the people who negotiated the deal, mainly Kerry and his friends, are incompetent.
Todd: What do you do on day one though?
Trump: I’ve heard a lot of people say we are going to rip up the deal. It’s very tough to do, when you say rip up a deal, because I’m a deal person.
Todd: You get that.
Trump: Let me tell you, but I will police that deal. You know, I’ve taken over some bad contracts. I buy contracts were people screwed up and they have bad contracts.
Todd: But you have to abide by?
Trump: But I’m really good at looking at a contract, and finding things within a contract that even if they are bad. I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance. As bad as the contract is. I will be so tough on that contract.
Todd: So the deal lives in a Trump administration? You’re just going to be…
Trump: Well, the deal, It’s very hard to say we’re ripping up. And the problem is, by the time I got in there, they will have already received the $150 billion. Do you know that if the deal gets rejected, they still get the money? Which is something I found out a week ago and I couldn’t believe it. If the deal gets rejected, they still get all of this money. Iran is going to be unbelievably powerful, and unbelievably rich and Israel is in big trouble. Israel is in big trouble. Obama has really let Israel down.