Rubio: US Should 'Get Out' of Iran Deal If Allies Don't Step Forward With Sanctions
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Tuesday encouraged the idea of President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal if France and other European allies do not step up with more sanctions.
Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday in Washington to discuss the 2015 deal, and Macron is reportedly working to convince the president not to back out.
"I think the Iran deal is a bad deal," Rubio said on "America's Newsroom."
"I hope our European allies will step forward. Those are the ones that like the deal. We hope they'll step forward and really sanction all of the companies that help them build these missiles. Otherwise, I think the president should get out of the deal."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said that any country who backs out of the deal “would face severe consequences.”
"It would be important for us to find a way out if we could," Scott added. "But the question is will our European partners allow that to happen."
President Trump set a May 12 deadline to fix the agreement or withdraw completely. Trump agrees with Rubio and Scott, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
“He thinks it’s a bad deal…that certainly has not changed,” she said on Monday.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also set to meet with the president in Washington Friday to echo Macron's message.
Rubio noted Trump's strong relationship with Macron and added that France is an "important ally."
"We want to have these strong alliances, but Iran cannot build missiles that can reach us," he said, adding the deal was never intended to give Iran "immunity" to develop ballistic missiles.
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