President Donald Trump is causing a whole lot of controversy with America’s closest allies.
Just days after alerting the world that he is withdrawing from an historic agreement made with Iran in 2015 to curtail their nuclear arms program, Germany, France, and Britain are convening an emergency meeting to discuss how to deal with America’s problem child.
Their purpose of the meeting? To keep the Iran Deal alive even without Trump’s support.
“The extent to which we can keep this deal alive … is something we need to discuss with Iran,” said Merkel.
All three of America’s allies were a party to the deal and have extensive trade links with Iran. All urged President Trump to rethink his decision but he ultimately decided to dismiss those concerns.
France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that they could most likely curtail any sanctions the United States implements on Iran, keep the deal very much alive. Either way, they aren’t backing out of the deal.
“Do we accept extraterritorial sanctions? The answer is no,” Le Maire told reporters.
“Do we accept that the United States is the economic gendarme of the planet? The answer is no.
“Do we accept the vassalization of Europe in commercial matters? The answer is no.”
Iranian President President Hassan Rouhani has already stated that he would remain a party to the deal so long as his European partners can find a way to compensate them for the United States pulling out. All he wants is to ensure that economic sanctions don’t hurt his country. In turn, America’s allies don’t want to jeopardize trade deals with Iran, nor the security of the region.
Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said that the deal will survive even without the U.S.
“We are determined to keep this deal in place,” Mogherini said.
Mogherini took several shots at Trump, saying:
“It seems that screaming, shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything that is already in place, is the mood of our times. While the secret of change — and we need change — is to put all energies not in destroying the old, but rather in building the new.
“This impulse to destroy is not leading us anywhere good,” she added. “It is not solving any of our problems.”
She further warned that “no country is big enough to face this world alone,” implying that President Trump should think very carefully about the decisions he makes on the world stage, especially when it isolates his partners.
The leaders are scheduled to meet in a matter of days and are already in talks on the phone to move forward with the deal without the support of the United States.