Marco Rubio said that if he is the next president, the Iran nuclear deal is “a done deal for the next 18 months” because he will lift the deal.
Rubio, appearing on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday argued, “This is not a treaty. There’s nothing about this that’s binding on the next administration, and if I’m the President of the United States, in my first day in office, we will lift what the President is doing.” (RELATED: Obama Gets Critical Vote On Iran Deal)
Bill Hemmer: Now that they’ve got the votes, the Iran deal looks like a done deal.
Marco Rubio: First of all, they don’t have the votes to pass it. He has the votes to sustain a veto. Irrespective of where this ends up, I’m confident that the majority of the House and Senate are going to vote to reject this deal. But here’s a broader point. This is not a treaty. There’s nothing about this that’s binding on the next administration, and if I’m the President of the United States, in my first day in office, we will lift what the President is doing. We will reimpose sanctions, and in fact, I will ask Congress to increase sanctions, and we will back it up with a credible threat of military force.
Hemmer: So, the votes to override a veto are not there, so in essence, this is a done deal.
Rubio: It’s a done deal for the next 18 months. But again, it’s not a treaty. There’s nothing legally binding about it. This is basically the President has decided to use the national security waiver of the current sanctions that are already on the books, and he’s going to use that waiver to lift sanctions on Iran. When I’m President of the United States, we will reimpose those sanctions on day one, and then I will go to Congress and ask them to even increase those sanctions more, and I will back that up with a credible threat of military force. A simple message to the Ayatollah: If you try to build a weapon, we will destroy your program.