Donald Trump is failing at basically every level of his presidency right now – and he deserves every bit of criticism he gets – even when it’s from one of his BFFs.
On Friday, Trump was given a harsh reality check when Russia criticized his choice not to certify a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Russia not only blasted Trump for being “aggressive”, but stated that he would fail. Making it perfectly clear that the honeymoon phase between Trump and Russia is over, Russia’s foreign ministry released a statement and said that: Trump’s announcement “once again underlines the inadmissibility of using aggressive and threatening rhetoric in international relations.”
It is a hangover from the past, which does not correspond to modern norms of civilized dealings between countries. We viewed with regret the decision of the U.S. President not to confirm to Congress that Iran is fulfilling in good faith.”
“We expect that this step will not have a direct effect on the progress of implementation of the agreements, although, clearly, it does not correspond to the spirit and letter.”
Russia also pointed out that Iran was working within the terms of the deal, and that it was already making the world a safer place. The ministry continued:
In any event, regardless of the decisions of individual parties to the agreement, it is not possible to return to a situation which previously existed around the Iranian nuclear program. In particular, there can be no talk of a renewal of sanctions via the U.N. Security Council.”
Russia also made a clear break from Trump’s stance, and encouraged others to do the same:
Russia remains committed to … (the Iran nuclear deal), wants it to be preserved and will continue to fulfill all its obligations under the deal. We call on all the other participants to do the same.”
This is going to infuriate Trump like nothing else. We can only imagine that he’ll explode on Twitter any time now.
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