Here's the Most Frightening Part of the Trump's Speech on the Iran Deal

President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday declaring the American withdrawal from the Iran Deal, which was designed to keep the Middle East country from obtaining nuclear weapons, was disturbing and terrible policy for multiple reaons — not the least of which is that it undermines the United States' credibility heading into negotiations with North Korea. But two sentences in the speech also revealed deeper insight into Trump's thinking and policymaking that may be the most frightening revelation of all.


"Today's action sends a critical message: the United States no longer makes empty threats," Trump said. "When I make promises, I keep them."

In these two sentences, Trump makes a blatant equivocation between the United States as a country and himself personally. In his mind, it seems, he is not simply a part of the democratic system of American governance, which contains other crucial branches and extends both before and after him. Rather, he appears to seem himself as the embodiment of the country's will.

In reality, Trump's actions do the opposite of what he said. He shows that presidents cannot be expected to keep the promises of their predecessors — a key component of any diplomatic action that hopes to have any effect beyond a single presidential term. By setting this precedent, he undermines the country's ability to make deals and live up to its promises — a devastating legacy for the supposed "dealmaker" president.

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