May 10, 2018

Manchin Statement on President Trump's Decision to Pull Out of the Iran Deal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Senator Manchin was one of only four Democrats to vote against the Iran Deal in 2015.

“I opposed the Iran deal three years ago because we gave away too much upfront and got far too little in return. The deal I opposed gave Iran $100 billion dollars on day one for a promise that they wouldn’t pursue nuclear weapons for only 10 years, but it did nothing to limit their sponsorship of terrorism or development of the ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S. This was a bad deal then, and it is a bad deal today.

“That is why I support President Trump’s decision to impose sanctions until the Iranians agree to permanently give up nuclear weapons and the missiles that deliver them, and end their support for terrorist organizations around the world. I believe that to be a super power, you must possess super diplomatic skills, and I believe that we can use these skills to negotiate a better deal."