President Donald Trump will make a decision on whether or not to back out of former President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement in what could be the most important decision of his presidency.
The media is generally urging Trump to stay in the deal, however there are some mixed opinions.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo said Tuesday morning, that Trump leaving the deal would amount to “ignoring pleas from U.S. allies.”
CNN tweeted Tuesday that pulling out of the deal could “spark a dangerous global crisis.”
President Trump can land his most devastating blow yet on the legacy of Barack Obama, but a move to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal could also spark a dangerous global crisis https://t.co/INqz2lzbfg pic.twitter.com/eZjeta17VG
— CNN (@CNN) May 8, 2018
Ryan Cooper, a writer at The Week, defended the deal, saying, “the Iran deal, which halted the country’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, is working perfectly well. It should not be breached.”
CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out that most U.S. allies oppose leaving the deal:
Keep in mind: Trump withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would be just the latest in a series of withdrawals vehemently opposed by closest US allies: TPP, Climate agreement, plus threatened departure from NAFTA.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 7, 2018
Iranian leadership has reportedly said that even if the United States leaves the deal, they may stay in the deal as long as sanctions do not resume.
Rouhani hinted earlier today that if sanctions relief continue they will stay in the nuclear deal with or without the US. https://t.co/3tCXwOtQWI
— Arash Karami (@thekarami) May 7, 2018
Leaving the Iran deal could also lead to an increase in oil prices.
Oil prices give up gains after Trump says he’ll announce Iran nuclear deal decision Tuesday https://t.co/kqu1wVp2ge
— CNBC (@CNBC) May 7, 2018
Most Democrats are against leaving the deal. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted Monday:
1. The best way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is to not blow up the deal that is currently preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
2. Why would North Korea negotiate with us to give up their nukes if they know we don’t keep our word?
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) May 7, 2018
Republicans have been pushing to leave the deal, but some in the party are urging restraint. Sen. Rand Paul said last year, “I think while the agreement’s not perfect, my main concern has always been compliance. But if they’re complying with it, I think we should stay in it.”