Report: John Kerry’s Meddling Actually Sealed the Iran Deal’s Fate
President Trump announced Tuesday that he would no longer waive sanctions against Iran, bringing the nuclear agreement – or at least America’s part in it – to an effective and overdue end. And according to a new report from The Daily Caller, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped negotiate the deal in the first place, may have accidentally pushed the president to make that final decision.
It was reported in the Boston Globe last week that Kerry had held conversations with the Iranian foreign minister as well as our European allies over the last few months. Desperate to preserve what he considers his most important accomplishment at Obama’s State Department, Kerry essentially went on an “undermine the Trump administration” tour, news that did not sit well with the current president.
“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. “John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”
Trump, of course, followed that admonition up the next day with the official announcement that his supporters have been waiting for since the day he took office: The U.S. was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement effective immediately.
According to White House sources who spoke to the Daily Caller, Kerry’s meddling may have had a little something to do with the decision.
A source inside the White House with knowledge of the decision process tells TheDC that the Iran deal was “done” when Trump found out about Kerry’s lobbying behind the scenes. “Trump was headed that way but Kerry just took away any of the teeth of the detractors,” the source said on background. “[Kerry’s] bulls**t ultimately killed the deal.”
Another source inside the West Wing confirms to TheDC that there was a frantic last-minute lobbying effort to keep the deal in place and that the timing of the Kerry news was “ironic.” The source specifically blames Kerry’s meddling in the process as a key decision point in the calculus for pulling out of the deal.
“It was by no means the reason [Trump] decided to pull out, but it certainly influenced the final decision,” the source continued. “I mean, read the tweets.”
We imagine the Trump administration is really just needling Kerry at this point; there was little doubt that Trump was going to pull out of the deal, and we doubt the former secretary’s worldwide gallivanting had much, if anything, to do with it. The White House is just having a little fun at Kerry’s expense – you didn’t get the job done and, in fact, your meddling was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Truth be told, if this is the worst that happens to Kerry as a result of his meddling, he’s getting off easy.