Trump: Netanyahu's News Conference Proves It Could Be 'Right' to Pull Out of Iran Deal

April 30, 2018

President Donald Trump said during a Monday press conference that the Israeli prime minister's intelligence on Iran's nuclear program proves it "right" to push back against and potentially pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

"I want to ask you about Iran, the Israeli prime minister just gave a speech very critical of the nuclear program," The Hill reporter Jordan Fabian said. "Is it your decision to pull out of that deal? And if you do pull out of that deal, do you worry that sends the wrong message to North Korea to enter nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un?"

Trump said if he were to pull out of the deal, it would send the "right message" to North Korea, explaining the U.S. will not enter into a bad deal with a party who lies about its nuclear program.

"No, I think it sends the right message [to North Korea]," Trump said of the potential decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. "In seven years, that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. That is not acceptable. Seven years is tomorrow. That's not acceptable. So, no. If anything, it's proven right [with] what Israel has done today with the news conference."

Senior Trump administration officials confirmed the findings reported by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as authentic and praised the prime minister for disclosing thousands of secret documents proving Iran lied about its past work on a nuclear warhead. Officials told the Washington Free Beacon the revelation was a "powerful presentation" by Israel outlining why the Iran deal must be fixed or killed.

Trump said he will make a decision on whether to pull out from the Iran deal before or on the May 12 deadline.

"I'm not telling you what I'm doing, but a lot of people think they know. On or before the 12th, we'll make a decision," Trump said. "That doesn't mean we won't' negotiate a real agreement. This is an agreement that wasn't approved by too many people. And it's a horrible agreement for the United States."

Last week during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said wherever there is a "problem" in the Middle East, Iran is "right there."