Rep. Mark Green, before an afternoon meeting to detail intelligence the White House has on Iran, said he agrees that Iran is and has continued to be, a serious threat and he hopes “level heads” will also see it that way.
“I am appalled that our former president cut a deal with these guys after a U.S. court found that they were guilty of killing Americans with IEDs in the Iraq War,” the Tennessee Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “These guys have been probably one of the clearest enemies America has had in a long time. Even their constitution, the document that found the Islamic state there, says the purpose of Iran is to force Islam on the rest of the world. They are an enemy and I doubt that the president would put out there is credible evidence if it wasn’t credible.”
He further commented that he agrees with former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman, who noted that the Trump administration was clear from the start about what was wrong with the Iran nuclear deal reached under President Barack Obama. This included that the deal had sunset clauses and no consideration of Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and Iranian aggression, and Hoffman said those items must be addressed to bring Iran to the negotiating table.
“I’m in agreement and add inspections,” said Green. “The original deal, basically we could warn them that we were coming and they had 30 days to prepare for inspections. I agree with everything he said and add inspections.”
Green added that Trump and his administration must clearly show Congress what the threats are with Iran, including those against American forces in the region, but still, he predicted Democrats will not agree there is a threat.
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