Trump is reportedly happy that 'egghead' experts are freaking out on CNN about the Iran deal

 

  • President Donald Trump is reportedly feeling good about his decision to withdraw the US from the Iran deal on Tuesday.
  • One reason is apparently that experts are freaking out about it on CNN.
  • The news website Axios reported that Trump is pleased with the move, and likes the largely negative reaction from prominent academics.
  • "POTUS ran against experts — the 'eggheads' — and believes that rebalancing our policies on trade, defense spending, security, etc., simply makes sense," a White House official told Axios.


President Donald Trump is reportedly feeling good about his decision to withdraw the US from the Iran deal on Tuesday — because experts are freaking out about it on CNN.

The Iran deal, developed over years by the Obama administration and signed in 2015, was very unpopular at the time.

Trump spoke out against the deal on Twitter before he entered politics, and while campaigning for the presidency said he'd tear up the deal, which he described as the "worst ever."

Since Trump took office, the deal became more popular as he more vocally opposed it. Experts in the arms control community widely supported the agreement, and John Kerry, Obama's former Secretary of State, met with Iranians despite having left office to advise them on the deal and to try to save it.

Other deal architects, including Obama himself and his advisers Colin Kahl and Ben Rhodes have also bashed the decision.

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US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement during a statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intent to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that re-instates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. After two and a half years of negotiations, Iran agreed in 2015 to end its nuclear program in exchange for Western countries, including the United States, lifting decades of economic sanctions. Since then international inspectors have not found any violations of the terms by Iran. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The news website Axios reported that Trump is pleased with the move, and the largely negative reaction by prominent  academics.

"POTUS ran against experts — the 'eggheads' — and believes that rebalancing our policies on trade, defense spending, security, etc., simply makes sense," a White House official told Axios.

"The status quo itself is what the expert class got us, and isn’t working," continued the source. "It’s slow-walking a bomb in Tehran/Pyongyang, and steady decline vs. a cheating China."

Trump “likes it when 'experts' are on CNN freaking out," the source said. 

After Trump's announcement CNN said that Trump had isolated himself from US allies.

An analysis piece argued the move showed Trump's "political soul" and "a willingness to unleash the kind of chaos abroad he has fomented at home."

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