C.I.A. chief warns Donald Trump against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal


CIA chief BrennanCIA director John Brennan has warned Donald Trump that scrapping the nuclear deal with Iran would be “the height of folly” and “disastrous.”

During a wide-ranging interview with the BBC that aired Wednesday, the outgoing U.S. spy chief also cautioned that Russia should not be trusted. “First of all for one administration to tear up an agreement that a previous administration made would be unprecedented,” Brennan said. “It would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up [the Iran] agreement.”

Trump has promised to rip up the 2015 pact to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.

The Republican also expressed his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign.

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Brennan also advised the incoming administration to be “wary of Russian promises.”

“Russia is a country that will pursue its national interests frequently to the detriment of the interests of the peoples of the countries wherein it operates,” he said. “Russian promises in my mind have not given us what it is they have pledged.”

During the campaign, Trump showed a lack of understanding of basic foreign policy concepts, and he was at times unable to distinguish between the Iranian Quds Force and the Kurdish people or to define the nuclear triad.




One response to “C.I.A. chief warns Donald Trump against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “Heights of Folly” – unfortunately – have taken the world to many places it now hates to be in.
    But if ‘the enemy’ is not understood, at least, then accommodating it seems much simpler.
    Trump is having difficulty with complexity … I suppose Brennan has experience. 😉
    Maybe it’s time that ‘Deal’ was actually printed out and mailed for everyone to read – between ball-games.
    (maybe the same thing could be done regarding health insurance – could help if anyone who wanted to read ‘general mailings’ knew what it was too …)

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