Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Pingree Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement

May 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement after President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“President Trump’s decision to unilaterally break the Iran nuclear deal is unjustified, reckless and will make our country less safe.
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JSPOA) was working. United Nations inspectors have certified that Iran has been abiding by its obligations to stop nuclear weapons development activities and increase transparency of its facilities. Just two weeks ago, Secretary of Defense Mattis testified before Congress that the JCPOA’s inspection regime ‘was actually pretty robust.’
“President Trump is putting his personal whims above our national security interests. As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to break President Obama’s signature national security accomplishment, and he has spent his presidency contriving a rationale to do so, regardless of facts. Former Secretary Tillerson and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster reportedly counseled the President to stay in JCPOA, but both were fired. 
“None of us wants a nuclear Iran. We should build off the JCPOA to address Iran’s missiles and support for terror, not rip up a functioning agreement. President Trump offers no alternative other than tough-guy rhetoric. This misguided decision risks putting Iran back on the nuclear weapons development track. 
“The President’s decision to pull out of a functioning multilateral security agreement signals that the United States is not a reliable partner that stands by its word. This decision also distances us from allies like France and Germany. Why would Kim Jong Un trust President Trump on a North Korean nuclear deal now?”