Trump blasts Iran deal alongside Macron, calling it ‘insane’ and ‘ridiculous’

While meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump slammed the Iranian nuclear deal, calling it “a terrible deal.” Macron, however, tried to persuade his counterpart that the US should remain committed to the deal.
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US President Donald Trump referred to the nuclear deal set forth by the Obama administration “insane” and “ridiculous while meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in the White House on Tuesday.

The French President arrived in Washington and met with his American counterpart in an attempt to convince him not to withdraw from the deal with Iran, which is expected to be dissolved by the US in three weeks.

The two were seated next to each other in the Oval Office after the official welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn when Trump called the deal “insane” and “ridiculous.”

“People know my views on the Iran deal,” Trump said. “It was a terrible deal. It should have never been made.”

Macron responded to Trump by saying that the deal made with Iran was an important one and that France’s interests are in curbing Iran’s activities in the region.

Trump added that Iran continues to experiment with long-range ballistic missiles, causing a host of security problems in the region. Trump also threatened against Iran’s actions by saying that while it may not be easy for Iran to initiate its nuclear program, it will have "big problems" if it decides to do so.

Trump is also set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the next few days. Merkel plans to advise Trump against his decision to withdraw from the deal and warn him of the danger he imposes on his country.

According to the Associated Press, the two European leaders were planning to prevent the US withdrawal. In January, Trump threatened to pull out of the deal and reimpose US sanctions on Iran by May 12 unless significant changes are made to the nuclear agreement.

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