President Donald Trump "prudently" withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord, the premise of which "has been betrayed by its own abysmal track record," John Bolton wrote in a column for The Washington Post.
The working theory of the deal was that the "Iranian regime would, in the interests of its own people, trade its nuclear ambitions for economic incentives," writes Bolton, Trump's national security adviser.
How did that work out?
"Tehran has poured billions of dollars into military adventures abroad, spreading an arc of death and destruction across the Middle East from Yemen to Syria," Bolton wrote.
And while Iranians still suffer from poor economic conditions, the nuke deal also "undermines the security of the American people" Trump "swore to protect."
That's a no-brainer for this president, who "spent more than a year studying the deal," Bolton writes.
"The Iran deal is not an inescapable trap — it's merely an inadequate deal that couldn't withstand serious scrutiny," Bolton wrote. "While the future remains uncertain and challenging, one thing we know for sure is that the president will always put America First."
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