Former national security advisor Susan Rice slammed President Donald Trump for acting like a “spoiled child” in his speech at the United Nations.
The president received widespread praise for his address to the United Nations’ General Assembly on Tuesday as he defended the greatness of America and denounced evil across the globe. But Rice was having none of Trump’s criticism of the Iran Deal as being a “one-sided deal” and “an embarrassment” to the United States.
“We could begin a process of dialogue on what comes next after the deal,” Rice said on MSNBC Wednesday. “But we can’t do that when hurling threats, when threatening to walk out, when acting like a spoiled child at the dinner table.”
“So opening that relationship, having that dialogue, working with those on our side who want to negotiate the Iran Deal to think about what may come afterwards is very useful,” former President Barack Obama’s senior aide said.
“But we can only do that effectively in the context of upholding our obligations to stay in the deal as long as Iran is complying — which it is,” she said.
But for France’s President Emmanuel Macron, the Iran nuclear deal is not enough of a safeguard, and Trump’s UN speech appeared to sway his opinion.
#BREAKING France’s Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough to safeguard against growing power of Tehran in the Middle East
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 21, 2017
“Is this agreement enough? No. It is not, given the evolution of the regional situation and increasing pressure that Iran is exerting on the region, and given increased activity by Iran on the ballistic level since the accord,” Macron told reporters in New York Wednesday, according to Reuters.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 21, 2017
Macron had warned against scrapping the nuclear agreement, fearing Iran would follow the direction of North Korea. But, speaking to CNN during and after President Trump’s address at the United Nations on Tuesday, the French leader conceded that he agreed with Trump, but that alternate options do not yet exist.
French President Emmanuel Macron says while the Iran deal is not perfect, scrapping it would be a “big mistake” https://t.co/74kQTjiLCF
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 19, 2017
“I don’t think this Iran deal, this nuclear deal with Iran, is (the be-all and end-all) of everything to do with Iran. If President Trump considers it is not sufficient, I do agree with that. (But) we have this deal,” he told CNN, speaking in English.
“I think that the outcome of this deal is that now we have the monitoring process with international urgency following the situation, and I think it is better than nothing,” he said. “Why? Because if we stop with this deal … if we just stop with the nuclear agreement, we will enter into a situation very similar to the North Korean situation.”
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