Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday denied that President Donald Trump is backing down on a campaign promise to rip up the Iran nuclear deal.
Both Trump and Rubio in the GOP primaries called for an outright reversal of the Obama administration agreement. Conservatives argue it cuts back sanctions but still allows Iran to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.
Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Rubio told host Bret Baier he hasn't changed his thinking.
"I still feel that we should say that that was a deal made by a previous administration, it is not legally binding, it was never submitted to the Congress for approval, it is not a treaty," Rubio said. "It was a political agreement with the previous administration. There is now a new administration."
The White House announced Wednesday it is ordering a 90-day review of whether lifting sanctions was in the United States' national security interests.
Rubio said he'd like to see conditions attached, including Iran not being a state sponsor of terrorism and not developing and building long-range missiles, "not to mention lowering their enrichment capability if not eliminating it altogether."
Turning to protests in Venezuela, where opposition to President Nicolas Maduro is planning the "mother of all marches" against his regime, Rubio called on the Organization of American States to invoke its diplomatic charter and expel Venezuela if it does not restore democracy.
"That may sound like diplomatic talk, but it actually is the one thing that Venezuela's most sensitive to," he said. "They do not want to be ostracized. They do not want to be isolated in the hemisphere by fellow Latin American countries"
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