Engel Statement on Trump's Administration's Iran Policy Confusion


WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“In the last week, the Trump Administration’s Iran policy has shifted from bellicose threats over Twitter to suggesting a high-level meeting without preconditions. Then, to enhance the drama, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added conditions to Trump’s offer of unconditional talks. 

“If countries around the world are confused about where the United States stands on Iran, they’re not alone. I certainly can’t keep up with the Administration’s policy. Maybe he’s trying to keep people guessing, but that’s only a guess. This comedically muddled message from the White House will further alienate our allies and leave our adversaries without the clear but firm diplomacy that prevents disputes from becoming wars.

“One consistent trend is emerging: the President will meet with anyone if he thinks there will be pageantry and nice pictures. The results so far have ranged from embarrassing (Kim Jong Un offering nothing and working on new ballistic missiles in exchange for American concessions) to disastrous (the President siding with Vladimir Putin over our intelligence community). I shudder to think what might come out of a Trump-Rouhani summit.”