'So Misguided': Obama Explains Why Trump's Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Deal Is Such a Spectacular Blunder

President Barack Obama called President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to rip up the painstakingly negotiated Iran deal "so misguided" and a "serious mistake."


He made the comments in a statement released by his office after Trump's formal announcement of the decision.

"The reality is clear," Obama said. "The JCPOA [Iran deal] is working — that is the view shared by our European Allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America's interest — it has significantly rolled back Iran's nuclear program.  And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish — its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea."

He continued: "Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America's closest allies, and an agreement that our country's leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from on Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America's credibility, and puts us at odds with the world's major powers."

Obama rarely comments on the developments of Trump's presidency. However, at key moments, such as the administration's efforts to repeal Obamacare, the former president crafts clear and straightforward statements explaining his principled objections to the current president's decisions.

You can read his full statement below:

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