GOP Congressman On Iran: Trump Has Done ‘A Lot Of Damage’ To The U.S.

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Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) breaks with GOP leadership and says the Trump administration has damaged U.S. credibility.

Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida on Wednesday stepped out of line with GOP leadership and said the Trump administration was responsible for “a lot of damage” to U.S. credibility, according to Raw Story

“I think the American public should continue to be very skeptical of what are we trying to accomplish in the Middle East and what can we,” Rooney said. “This attack possibly will jeopardize two trends that have been trending well for the United States. One, is the growing asymmetry the goals and aspirations of the people of Iran vs. the oppressive Mullahs regime.”

“I worry now that they have the great satan back to criticize, that they will become united against us,” he told MSNBC’s Katy Tur. 

Rooney urged President Trump to “play the long game with Iran the way they play it.”

Tur asked if it would be possible to craft a nuclear deal similar to the one President Barack Obama’s administration had signed, to which Rooney replied, “I would like to see what our allies have to say about that.” He then observed that the Trump administration has “done a lot of damage in the past couple years” to U.S. credibility. 

“It would be nice to have a few more beans in the bag with [NATO allies] if we’re going to try and refresh the deal,” he said. “I’m sure that Iran is going all out now that the deal is off and it would be nice to put something back in place.”

Rooney acknowledged that while the Iranian nuclear deal “wasn’t perfect … It was probably better than nothing.”

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