When President Trump declares this week, as anticipated, that the Iran nuclear deal is not in America’s interest, he’ll actually be saying one thing and doing another. This is because in a quirk, Congressional legislation requires the president to certify the deal but gives the power to terminate it to Congress, as it must then vote on whether to re-impose nuclear sanctions that will kill the deal.
So Congress now gets to deal with the consequences of its own legislation. And President Trump gets to say he didn’t end the deal, even though he’s laying the groundwork for its actual disintegration.
While this may be cute politics, it puts America and our allies in direct harm by providing an excuse for Iran to reconstitute its currently dormant nuclear program.