Rep. Meadows’ Statement on President Trump’s Iran Deal Announcement

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Washington, January 12, 2018 | comments

RELEASE:
Rep. Meadows’ Statement on President Trump’s Iran Deal Announcement

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement today on the Iran Deal:

“From day one, I’ve called the Iran Deal what it is: an ill-advised agreement that gave Iran far too much for far too little in return. The United States offered Iran an estimated $100 billion, accelerated their nuclear proliferation, and gave away every strategic bargaining chip to the Iranian regime. The Iran Deal did nothing to better the lives of Iranian citizens who continue to suffer while the Iranian ruling elites enrich themselves. Evidence continues to pour in that Iran maintains its support of terrorist regimes abroad, keeping its status as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. For example, recent investigations from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies have found that Iran annually spends $16 billion to arm and support terrorists and rogue regimes. Furthermore, reports continue to come in that some 20 people have died and more than 4,000 have been arrested in the recent protests taking place in Iran, showing that the regime continues undermining the rights of its own people. The United States must speak in one voice to expose this regime for what it is while making sure we do not turn a blind eye toward their blatant human rights transgressions.

President Trump has done the right thing in handling this agreement. He has put the Iranian government on notice that America’s complacency in this area is over, and he’s informed the international community and our allies abroad that now is the time to fix this deal and tighten its restrictions, or else he will pull out of the deal.

The President also placed additional sanctions for human rights abuses, drawing a distinct line that the United States will not be complicit while a regime tramples on the rights of its own citizens. The President’s decision is the right path forward, and I applaud him for taking it.

The recent human rights protests in Iran have sent a clear message around the world: the Iranian people are tired of their government undermining their freedoms, ignoring their needs, and propping up terrorist regimes. As a nation, we must come alongside the protestors and offer our unconditional support for their effort to usher in a new era of respect for basic human rights and freedoms. After 8 years of standing on the sidelines, it’s time for the United States to lead.”

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