2020 CONTENDER TIM RYAN RIPS JOHN BOLTON, DONALD TRUMP FOR ‘VERY DANGEROUS’ STANDOFF WITH IRAN
June 15, 2019
Democratic congressman and 2020 presidential hopeful Tim Ryan said Saturday that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy decisions — particularly his scuttling of existing international agreements — precipitated the current standoff with Iran.
“Everybody needs to remember that this president took us out of a long, tedious, negotiated peace deal with Iran to make sure that they did not have nuclear weapons, and then he recklessly got us out of it,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Alex Witt. “Then he put [National Security Advisor] John Bolton in a very high position. And John Bolton has been talking about regime change in Iran for a long time, and the president doesn’t pay too close of attention on some of these issues.”
“What the hell did he think was going to happen,” the Ohio congressman added.
Ryan’s criticisms came amid increased tensions between U.S. officials and the Islamic Republic, which has been accused of several incidents of maritime sabotage in recent weeks — accusations that Tehran has denied.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched provocative allegations against Iran on Thursday, arguing that there was a link between the country and a series of explosions on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
On Friday, the U.S. military released grainy footage of what it purports is an Iranian patrol boat removing an undetonated mine off one of the vessels that was attacked. These incidents follow a separate series of attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf in May that American officials suspected were carried out by Iran.