Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday predicted that President Donald Trump will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal in May.
“The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and right now it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be extended,” Corker told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.
“I think the president likely will move away from it unless our European counterparts really come together on a framework,” the senator from Tennessee continued. “And it doesn’t feel to me that they are. Now, as we get within two weeks of the 12 May date, that could change.”
Brennan asked Corker if he believed the president would pull out of the deal. “I do. I do,” Corker responded.
The Tennessee Republican also said he did not think backing out of the Iran deal would damage attempts to negotiate with Kim Jong-un regarding denuclearizing North Korea.
“At the end of the day, I think this whole situation with North Korea and the way that it’s shaping up right now is, as I mentioned, is somewhat unorthodox, and I think you’re dealing with a leader there that probably doesn’t think the same way that other countries and their leadership might,” Corker said regarding President Donald Trump’s scheduled meeting with the North Korean leader.
“So I’m not sure that [pulling out of the deal] is going to end up having a detrimental effect,” he added.
Corker’s comments may not be unwarranted. President Trump has been critical of the Iran deal since his days on the campaign trail when he referred to it as the “worst deal ever.”
Last week, the president fired now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo. He has since told reporters that the Iran deal had an impact on his decision.
“I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently,” Trump said of Tillerson and the Iran deal. “So, we were not really thinking the same. With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process.”