Former Obama Spokesman: Trump and Israelis ‘Cooking Up Intel’ to Undermine Iran Nuclear Deal

From left: Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau / Twitter
• May 1, 2018 5:14 pm


Former Obama administration spokesman Tommy Vietor tweeted Tuesday that President Donald Trump is "now cooking up intel with the Israelis" to push the United States toward conflict with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday presented thousands of secret files obtained by Israeli intelligence officials that show Iran lied about its past work on developing nuclear weapons.

Reporter Barak Ravid tweeted that Netanyahu coordinated the timing of the documents' public unveiling with the White House and chose this week because of the May 12 deadline for Trump to decide whether to reimpose sanctions previously lifted under the Iran nuclear deal.

Vietor, a former National Security Council spokesman and staunch defender of the Obama-brokered nuclear deal, linked to Ravid's tweets and wrote, "After years of bashing US intelligence agencies for getting Iraq WMD wrong, Trump is now cooking up intel with the Israelis to push us closer to a conflict with Iran. A scandal hiding in plain sight."

Trump administration officials verified the authenticity of the Iran documents to the Washington Free Beacon and said the Iranian deceit made it essentially impossible for Trump to remain in the agreement.

Vietor, responding to a reference to his past work driving Obama's campaign van by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, also tweeted, "Triggered neocons want you to believe that Netanyahu unveiled evidence that Iran violated the deal. He did not. Facts don't care about your feelings, baby Bannon Ben."

Vietor is currently a co-host of the progressive "Pod Save America" podcast alongside fellow Obama White House alumni Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau.