Corker feud opens gash between Trump and GOP establishment

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After Bob Corker Blasts Trump, GOP Mostly Shrugs

- nbcnews.com
10 Oct 2017
Political observer Charlie Cook writes that this Republican-on-Republican conflict isn't going to help the GOP in the midterms. "The party needs to sublimate its divisions, get mainstream Republicans to the polls, and persuade the Trump base to cast ballot for non-Trump Republicans. That's a tall order. And it's why last week's news reduced the odds of the GOP retaining ...

Bob Corker Denounces Donald Trump What Will the G O P

10 Oct 2017
One might be tempted to call this the Corker test, if Corker himself were not, in some ways, still failing it. He told the Times , as the paper put it, that "he did not regret standing with" Trump "during the campaign last year." He also stressed how much he personally liked Trump, with whom, the Times noted, he played golf. The Corker episode is perhaps a case study of a ...
- newyorker.com

How the Trump Administration Decided to Decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal

- weeklystandard.com
10 Oct 2017
Cotton is perhaps Trump's most trusted outside adviser on Iran--it was the subject of their first conversation back in 2015. But the Arkansas Republican's confidence in the president's perseverance is not widely shared. As administration officials say about Trump all the time, as was borne out in his quicksilver changes of position on the Iran deal on July 17: With this ...

Corker Bill Was a Sham

10 Oct 2017
That is to say: The moment Corker's INARA was signed into law, it became inevitable that the Iran deal would have the congressional imprimatur needed for permanent sanctions relief. This is what big companies like Boeing -- a major GOP donor -- needed in order to feel safe conducting commerce with Iran.
- nationalreview.com

Grassley on Trump Cool

- thehill.com
10 Oct 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Gun proposal picks up GOP support Children's health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE told reporters in Kentucky on Monday that Corker is a "valuable member" of the Senate GOP caucus and a "particularly important player" in passing the budget next week.

Mitch McConnell Begs the Democrats to Forget About Trump and Pass Tax Reform

10 Oct 2017
So it has always been most likely that Capitol Hill Democrats would refuse to support the tax reform proposals put out by the Trump White House and GOP leadership. But many Republican leaders, including Mitch McConnell and Trump administration officials, insisted that they still had a chance of getting Democratic votes for a tax reform bill. Didn't some Democrats once ...
- breitbart.com

Why Washington has turned so drastically against Tehran

- middleeasteye.net
10 Oct 2017
Interestingly, as an example, the influential Republican senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations and was vehemently against making a deal with Tehran under Obama, is one of them. He argues that the US should intensify pressure on Iran to the point that it is forced to walk away from the deal. "You want the breakup of this deal to be about Iran. You ...

Newt Gingrich on Trump's clash with Corker, GOP agenda

10 Oct 2017
October 10, 2017, 8:03 AM| Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was one of Donald Trump's most outspoken surrogates in the presidential election and continues to be a strong supporter. He is also the co- author of a new thriller novel out Tuesday called "Vengeance." He joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new thriller novel, how the feud between Sen. Bob Corker ...
- cbsnews.com

G O P Chairman Accidentally Reveals an Inconvenient Truth About Trump

- vanityfair.com
10 Oct 2017
Unshackled after announcing his plans to retire from Congress, Senator Bob Corker unleashed a startling tirade this week against Donald Trump , a rebuke of the president by a member of his own party that is making some Republicans deeply uncomfortable. On Monday, Mark Meadows, the Republican chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, who is seen as one of Trump's close allies ...

Cabinet Should Back Trump On Iran

10 Oct 2017
Cotton's remarks neatly capture the longstanding rift within the administration over the fate of the Iran deal, with Trump and some national security council advisers on one side and the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom on the other. Though he has reluctantly certified Iran's compliance on two previous occasions, Trump appears ready to make good on his threat to ask Congress ...
- dailycaller.com

Influence of Trump's past

- kxly.com
10 Oct 2017
President Donald Trump is expected to announce plans to "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal this Thursday. The Iran deal has been a big talking point for the Trump White House. Trump didn't mince words about it before he took office, saying it wasn't a good deal for the country.

As Trump challenges Iran nuclear deal, those in Tehran worry

10 Oct 2017
"Iran's actions have probably provoked America, such as testing missiles and similar things," said Mehdi Shakeri, 42, who imports and sells car parts. "Iran could have dealt with Trump more cautiously because he is a radical leader and many of his actions are not always based on logic. Perhaps if Iran had not made Trump sensitive toward itself, we would not be in the ...
- rudaw.net

As Donald Trump challenges Iran nuclear deal, people in Tehran worry

- eurasiadiary.com
10 Oct 2017
But some saw fault in both sides. "Iran's actions have probably provoked America, such as testing missiles and similar things," said Mehdi Shakeri, 42, who imports and sells car parts. "Iran could have dealt with Trump more cautiously because he is a radical leader and many of his actions are not always based on logic. Perhaps if Iran had not made Trump sensitive toward ...

Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran

10 Oct 2017
Trump is called upon every 90 days, based on the Iran Nuclear Review Act, to certify whether Iran is living up to the JCPOA deal, which suspended economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Tehran freezing, for 15 years, whatever nuclear weapons development it may have been engaged in. Trump hates the deal, as he has made clear since the beginning of ...
- theamericanconservative.com

Trump finally has a plan to take on Iran

- trackpersia.com
10 Oct 2017
The centerpiece of Trump's Iran strategy will be the designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, placing it in the same category as al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Congress mandated this designation over the summer, but allowed Trump to waive the requirement. The designation would be significant.

The Myth of a 'Better' Iran Deal

10 Oct 2017
While there is little doubt that Trump will continue to apply additional non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, all signs suggest that "waive and slap" won't be enough to quench his thirst to go after the nuclear deal itself. Instead, reports suggest that the president is leaning toward a second option , which could be called "decertification and renegotiation." Although Trump has ...
- foreignpolicy.com

Which countries support preserving Iran nuclear deal

- haaretz.com
10 Oct 2017
Since then, reports have said, Trump has all but made up his mind on the issue and he is expected on October 15 to decertify the deal , in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel. Trump is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist organization, as he rolls out a broader U.S. strategy ...

Why Voters Stand by Trump as Party Leaders Dis

10 Oct 2017
Corker himself is an example of the deplore-and-rehabilitate cycle. This week he is the darling of thoughtful conservatives and liberals because he has the courage to speak plainly about the unique danger of the Trump presidency. But Corker himself was a key validator of Trump in 2016, praising the then-candidate's first major foreign policy speech and serving as an ...
- bloomberg.com

Iran Vows "Decisive, Crushing" Response If Trump Designates Its Elite Guards As Terrorists

- zerohedge.com
10 Oct 2017
On Sunday, in its most explicit warning to Donald Trump not to revise the terms of the Nuclear Deal - something the US president is expected to do over the coming days - Iran warned the United States that U.S. regional military bases "would be at risk" if further sanctions were passed. "The Americans should know that the Trump government's stupid behavior with the nuclear ...

Trump's Tax Reform Plan

10 Oct 2017
Maya MacGuineas, president of the fiscally hawkish Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), doubts that Trump's tax cuts can pay for themselves. In a statement emailed to reporters following the release of the Republican framework on September 27, she called the plan "fiscal fantasy." Trump has repeatedly asserted that gross domestic product (GDP) growth could ...
- investopedia.com

Donald Trump's Iran gamble could hit India

- orfonline.org
10 Oct 2017
The IAEA which closely monitors the Iranian nuclear programme, and the US intelligence community have all certified that Iran has been honouring the deal. The Trump decision will heighten tensions between the US and Iran, but also the Americans and their other partners in the deal -- Germany, UK, France, China and Russia.

How Cardin and Corker clinched the Iran deal

10 Oct 2017
Corker changed the structure of the bill from allowing Congress to reject a deal with Iran to allowing lawmakers to reject the lifting of legislative sanctions, which will be key to any final deal with Tehran. That change brought aboard a number of Democrats like Tim Kaine of Virginia, who were persuaded by Corker's constitutional argument, and in February they introduced ...
- politico.com

What if Trump decertifies the Iran deal

- ecfr.eu
10 Oct 2017
Unlike in Europe, the US administration has a domestic legal requirement to 'certify' every 90 days that Iran is adhering to the nuclear deal. This law, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INRA), was introduced by Congress to increase oversight from the legislative branch over the implementation of the JCPOA. Trump has already issued such certifications twice ...

A dangerous strategic mistake

10 Oct 2017
The problem is that Trump is determined to simply undo every piece of legislation passed or executive order issued during President Obama's tenure, regardless of merit, utility, or effectiveness. Sadly, the JCPOA is no exception. Nullifying it, instead of certifying that Iran has and continues to fully comply with all aspects of the deal, will precipitate dangerous ...
- transconflict.com

Goading Trump into a standoff over the Iran deal is reckless

- washingtonpost.com
10 Oct 2017
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is lurking behind many bad ideas and irresponsible impulses that motivate the Trump administration. Whether it is attempting (in league with White House anti-immigrant zealot Stephen Miller) to wreck a deal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or to play defense for President Trump on Russia, Cotton seems to be trying ...

How Congress Should Avoid Taking the Bait if Trump Fails to Certify Iran Nuclear Deal

10 Oct 2017
President Trump has made clear since the he was on the campaign trail his extreme distaste for the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated among the United States, the UK, Germany, France, Russia, China, the EU, and Iran, to verifiably cut off all of Iran's potential pathways to a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from nuclear-related, secondary ...
- justsecurity.org

World Will Condemn' U S if Trump Ends Iran Deal Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

- truthdig.com
10 Oct 2017
"We have achieved benefits that are irreversible. Nobody can roll them back, neither Trump, nor 10 other Trumps," Rouhani said in an address to students at Tehran University. "If the United States violates [the nuclear deal], the entire world will condemn America, not Iran."

Europe to the rescue as Trump threatens Iran nuclear deal

10 Oct 2017
The U.S. president is a born blowhard, and his U.N. speech was filled with absurd threats and variegated rhetoric, sublime in delivery and hilarious in content. As much as Trump mistrusts Tehran, he recognizes that Iran -- with its 80 million people -- is a promising economic market.
- politico.eu
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