Pompeo Slams Lawmakers Pushing to Choke Off Iran’s Nuclear Work, Oil Trade as ‘Grandstanding’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a harsh rebuke of hardline Republican members of Congress who he accused of “grandstanding” on the issue of Iran as they seek to push the State Department to end a series of sanctions waivers packages that have permitted Iran to engage in sensitive nuclear work and continue its lucrative oil trade.

Lawmakers Demand No More Oil Waivers for Iran

Rep. Liz Cheney

A delegation of Republican House lawmakers petitioned the State Department not to continue issuing sanctions waivers that have permitted Iran to continue engaging in its lucrative oil trade, yet another salvo in an ongoing battle between the Trump administration and Congress.