Donald Trump’s legions of rabid supporters are in for an unpleasant shock once they figure out how many of his campaign promises he’s going to flip-flop on. Yesterday, he announced he wouldn’t be repealing the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, which is all the GOP has tried to do for the past eight years. Today, he suddenly announced that he isn’t going to be “ripping up” President Obama’s historic nuclear peace treaty with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Speaking to the BBC, Trump advisor and former Lebanese Christian terrorist Walid Phares detailed Trump’s backtrack: “Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it. He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion.”
“A few issues” is quite a retreat from “the worst deal ever negotiated” and a “disaster” and that tearing it up would be his “number one priority,” but, to be fair, Trump may have just been informed that in fact, you cannot simply just tear up international agreements that involve multiple major powers on a whim.
He has also gone to great lengths to tarnish the image of the deal in the eyes of the American people, turning the return of $400 million in undelivered fighter jet money to Iran from a 1970s deal that was never fulfilled into an outrageous – and entirely false – allegation of a $150 billion “ransom.”
But then again Trump, who doesn’t have the decency to pay American workers who provide goods and services for him, doesn’t seem to understand how the basic concepts of how deals work at all.
President Obama’s nuclear treaty has kept the United States safe from the threat of a potential Iranian nuclear weapon for years and opened up an important avenue of dialog with Tehran which was closed before. It’s looking like the Trump presidency that was promised to the Republican Party is shaping up very differently indeed – and it’s only been four days.
Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.