Trump reportedly sets up Iran working group to bypass State Dept on JCPOA policy

Trump reportedly sets up Iran working group to bypass State Dept on JCPOA policy
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[Ed. – Funny, I (J.E.) recommended pretty much that, this past week.  I’m sure that’s what did the trick.  🙂  The original article from Foreign Policy is linked in the excerpt below, but since it’s behind a paywall it’s not the main link for this headline.]

President Donald Trump is putting Rex Tillerson and the U.S. State Department on the sidelines when dealing with Iran on the Nuclear Peace Deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama and a coalition of international states.

According to a report from Foreign Policy the move came after a “contentious” meeting between Trump and Tillerson. Trump told a group of staffers to find a “case” that he can use to justify a 90-day review of the deal. His hope is that he can find evidence to declare Tehran is not in compliance with the agreement, something the State Department has failed to do.

“The president assigned White House staffers with the task of preparing for the possibility of decertification for the 90-day review period that ends in October — a task he had previously given to Secretary Tillerson and the State Department,” said one source close to the White House.  “This is the president telling the White House that he wants to be in a place to decertify 90 days from now and it’s their job to put him there.”

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