Rex Tillerson told CNN's Jake Tapper that the U.S. should stay in the Iran nuclear deal, but then stroked his boss' ego by saying Trump did as well.
On Friday, Trump decertified the Iran deal as a precursor to leaving it all together.
Trump said, "Importantly, Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal, so today, in recognition of the increasing menace posed by Iran, and after extensive consultations with our allies, I am announcing a new strategy to address the full range of Iran's destructive actions..."
“In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated,” Trump said.
On this morning's CNN State of the Union, host Tapper brought in the embattled Secretary of State to discuss this move.
Tapper played clips of Trump's national security team all confirming that the U.S. should stay in the Iran deal.
Tapper asked, "And [Gen. Mattis] said staying in it was his course. It sounds like you agree with that as well, that you would not want Congress to immediately impose sanctions that would end this deal."
Tillerson replied, "I do agree with that."
And then he started his massive Trump-stroking operation.
"And I think the president does as well."
"That's why he took the decision he took that, look, let's -- let's see if we cannot address the flaws in the agreement by staying within the agreement, working with the other signatories, working with our European friends and allies within the agreement," Tillerson said.
Trump lied when he said Iran was not in compliance with the tenets of the deal, they are and he also lied about our allies agreeing with him as evident by what the German Foreign Minister had to say on Trump's actions:
"My big concern is that what is happening in Iran or with Iran from the U.S. perspective will not remain an Iranian issue, but many others in the world will consider whether they themselves should acquire nuclear weapons, too, given that such agreements are being destroyed."
Tillerson reefused to respond to what our allies are say8ing and just issued more threats against Iran.
Tillerson and Nikki Haley all told the Sunday shows that they either want to renegotiate this deal or create a secondary deal. This deal as it stands cannot be renegotiated by one nation and Iran will certainly not agree to renegotiate this deal.
It's all bluster. Foolhardy bluster.
President Trump, in reality has removed Tillerson as SOS and replaced him with John Bolton and Sean Hannity.
Trump has consulted both Fox News’ Sean Hannity and former UN Ambassador—and staunch neoconservative—John Bolton on the matter. And each has dinged him for certifying the deal while privately urging him not to do so, one official noted.
At the request of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Bolton had drafted a plan for how Trump could back out of the Iran deal. But he was never able to formally present the document to the president after Bannon was ousted and John Kelly became chief of staff. While Bolton has not been able to visit the White House to advise the president lately, Trump still asks aides about Bolton, wondering where he is and what his advice would be on Iran, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Let's face it, Hannity is the ONE true GOD in all things.
Right, heir president?