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Gingrich: Trump 'Doing the Right Thing' With Iran Nuke Pact

(Fox News' "Outnumbered")

By    |   Friday, 13 Oct 2017 02:20 PM

President Donald Trump and his administration understand that Iran has long been "our mortal enemy," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday, and he agrees with the president's call not to recertify the multinational Iran nuclear deal.

"Just a few weeks ago, the Iranian parliament was adopting the new military bill financed in part by [President] Barack Obama sending money [through the agreement]," Gingrich told Fox News' "Outnumbered" program before Trump's address about the deal. "They were chanting, 'Death to America' in the Parliament."

Gingrich said he'd like to ask his "liberal friends" what they think the term "death to America" means.

"I have an article coming out saying that Trump is doing the right thing," said Gingrich, adding that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster played a significant role in the decision.

Gingrich, though, predicted Iran will "try to push us" as a result of Trump's decision, even though the president has not yet opted to remove the United States altogether from the nuclear deal.

"They will try to do something against our ships, maybe something in terms of embassies," said Gingrich.

However, he noted, the Trump's administration is led by "people like Mattis and [Chief of Staff] John Kelly and McMaster," who know Iran's regime is a bad one.

"I think we will respond as aggressively as we need to do, whatever the Iranians do," Gingrich said.

Mattis, he said, has said that the United States should not pull out of the deal, and Trump has not.

"He doesn't pull out of the deal but he takes steps which may [make] the Iranians go crazy," said Gingrich, including being allowed to inspect military facilities "without going through some dance about whether or not we found something."

Gingrich said he also believes the Trump administration will designate the Iran Republican Guard as a terrorist organization, "which it clearly is."

The former speaker, after Trump's speech, pointed out that the president "called out the Iranians for the things they are cheating on and brought to the conversation the nuclear agreement all of their behavior and focus the attention on the military guard. He sent a message of American toughness and strategy that is also serving up to the Iranians."

"If taking these steps does not convince Iran to change, he has the right at any moment to suspend the agreement," said Gingrich.

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President Donald Trump and his administration understand that Iran has long been "our mortal enemy," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday, and he agrees with the president's call not to recertify the multinational Iran nuclear deal.
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