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ICYMI: Cotton Discusses the Iran Deal and Gina Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director on the Hugh Hewitt Show

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May 8, 2018

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ICYMI: Cotton Discusses the Iran Deal and Gina Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director on the Hugh Hewitt Show
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In case you missed it — This morning, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) joined the Hugh Hewitt radio show to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA director. Click here to listen to the audio in full. In addition, excerpts of their exchange can be found below:
On Iran “The President has said for months now, as I have said for years, as Mike Pompeo said first as a Congressman, now Secretary of State, that our objective is simply to prevent the ayatollahs from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon and to sharply reduce their campaign for regional hegemony through aggressive support of insurgent groups and terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East. It should come as no surprise after 120 days when the President made this last decision in January, that our European partners not having come far enough, that the President will not waive sanctions under U.S. law again. So I don’t want to tip my hand or reveal the President’s decision, but I think that the American people can count on him to be true to his word that he’s not going to stand idly by on a deal that only at best postpones Iran’s nuclear weapons capability.”
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“The exact decision the President is making this week is whether to continue waiving sanctions under U.S. law. It’s not the formal snap-back mechanism under the nuclear deal with Iran. It can be up to Iran to try to invoke the dispute resolution mechanisms of that deal or simply to take their lumps and proceed, which they very well might do, because it’s a good deal for them, Hugh, or to simply say they’re going to walk out of the deal. Likewise, I think our European partners, although they were a little slow off the marks after the President’s speech in January, have been scrambling in these last couple weeks to try to preserve the deal. I suspect that’ll continue after the President’s remarks today, because they would prefer not to see Iran entirely walk away from the deal. But if that’s Iran’s choice, then we’ll be prepared for that choice, and we’ll take what actions are necessary, whether those are economic, political, diplomatic or military.”
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“If Iran takes military action against Israel, that would be a very grave mistake, and they will pay a significant price by both Israel and the United States. Now Iran has been continually taking more and more provocative actions in southwestern Syria and southern Lebanon. So unfortunately, no one should be surprised that Israel is becoming more aggressive in the defense of its people and its territory. Unless Iran changes its behavior, I fear that those actions could escalate. But if Iran takes military action in the aftermath of the United States’s decision about the nuclear deal, they would be committing a grave mistake.”
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On Gina Haspel “I stand by my prediction that Gina will be recommended by the Senate Intelligence Committee with a bipartisan vote, and she will be confirmed on a bipartisan basis by the full Senate.”
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