Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on President Trump’s Iran Deal Announcement

May 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

“From the beginning, Iran has not followed the spirit of the so-called ‘nuclear’ deal. They call for the annihilation of our ally, Israel. They continue to develop and test missiles. Most of all, they are a state sponsor of terrorism. Furthermore, the deal is dangerously flawed as it expires and seemingly did not shut off Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. A deal in need of a permanent solution was answered with temporary measures, and that is unacceptable. It is an understatement to say we cannot afford a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. President Obama made a dangerous agreement packed with serious shortcomings – it was a good deal for Iran and not a good deal for the American people.

“Today, President Trump sent a clear message that he is ready to take a different direction and put America’s national security interests first. I stand by our President and his decision to withdraw from the bad Iran deal and seek a meaningful agreement with Iran that will ensure a long-term solution and stability.”