10,639. 10/11/2017

FOREIGN POLICY/GOP/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s expected policy shift on Iran would put the GOP Congress in a difficult but familiar position: tackling issues that they opposed during the Obama administration but now look at in the new light of being the governing majority on Capitol Hill with a Republican in the White House.
Mr. Trump is expected to refuse to certify this week that Iran is complying with the 2015 multinational nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor. That would give Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran, a step that could lead to the deal’s collapse.
Most congressional Republicans have criticized the Iran deal, and action that could void the agreement would seem to simply be following through on that opposition. But GOP leaders in Congress acknowledge it isn’t that easy…
It is an issue that has come up several times in the first 10 months of the Trump presidency, affecting some of the most controversial policy debates in the capital.”

-Louise Radnofsky, and Kristina Peterson, “Trump Leaves Thorny Issues at GOP Lawmakers’ Doorstep,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 11, 2017 10:05am

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