It was not surprising to hear French President Emmanuel Macron tell a joint session of Congress his country plans to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said Wednesday, but she still thinks it was a "crappy deal" from the beginning.
"President [Barack] Obama and all of his allies in Congress that voted for it really set us up for this situation," McSally told Fox News' "Happening Now." "If you even listen to the French president, he's talking about how it's missing the other pillars, the ballistic missile activity, the activity in the region and the fact that there's a sunset clause, so it sounds like it's got 25 percent of what he's looking for.
"That's a failing grade," McSally said.
President Donald Trump has some difficult decisions ahead of him, she added, and he'll be working allies on the the matter.
Meanwhile, Iran has said if Trump walks away from the deal, they will too, but McSally said the United States should not be "bullied by dictatorships."
"That's not the way we do business," she said. "President Trump, as the leader of the free world, needs to make sure he fights for our vital national interests around the world and the region. We're not going to be bullied around."
The deal, she said, allowed Iran to engage in ballistic missile development with "cash that was infused to them by the Obama administration," and "they have been using it to kill people and [for] terroristic activities around the world."
"Again, was a horrible decision by the Obama administration," she added. "They didn't even bring it to Congress like a treaty. President Trump is working through his options moving forward."
McSally also said she does not think the president's hand are tied by the fact Iran has the cash it gained through the deal.
"I voted to stop this deal from happening," she said. "We were strengthening and tightening up the vice grip on Iran. It was just starting to hurt and they let the pressure off and gave them the cash and everything they needed with this deal that sucks."
Trump will have decisions to make by May 12, she continued, and Congress will work closely with him, as there are certain objectives that need to be met.
"Iran can never have a nuclear weapon," McSally said. "They have to stop funding terrorism."
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