WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“President Trump clearly understands the importance of many issues that the Obama Administration chose to ignore.  The government of Iran, by their own admission, wants America and Israel destroyed. But this historically bad deal provided a clear pathway for Iran to expand its nuclear weapons program, and Iran has boldly declared that, despite the deal, they can kick-start and produce enriched uranium within two days. 

“The sanctions lifted under the deal have emboldened Iran and given them access to more than $100 billion in previously frozen assets.  With the help of that money, Iran is colonizing the Middle East through their terror arm Hezbollah.  They have imprisoned U.S. citizens, taken our sailors hostage and fired rockets towards our Navy.  And a parade of concessions by the Obama Administration empowered Iran to test-launch more than a dozen ballistic missiles and threaten to use those same missiles to strike U.S. military bases. 

“President Trump's decisive action today is a much needed first step in the long road to undoing the damage caused by President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Clinton and their foreign policy advisors. No deal with Iran is far wiser than a bad deal.”