House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders have warned President Barack Obama to stay out of the U.S.’ Iran policy now that his term is about to come to an end.
According to them, the actions of Obama’s administrations could hurt President-elect Donald Trump’s future developments on the policy.
Since last year, the U.S. and other international bodies have been negotiating regarding the sanctions imposed on Iran. Then, it was recently reported that the White House, under the leadership of Obama, is planning to lift some of these restrictions in exchange for Iran’s agreement to limit its nuclear program.
As part of the deal, certain financial sanctions will be lifted and American businesses will be allowed to participate in the Iranian market. However, as noted in a letter to the White House sent by Ryan along with House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pushing through with this deal would complicate the parameters of the policy.
The Republican leaders stated that Obama should give Trump and his incoming administration the opportunity to assess the policy first before making drastic decisions regarding the deal.
“We urge you not to take any action that would weaken United States or multilateral sanctions or other restrictions against Iran in this post-election period,” the GOP members wrote according to The Hill.
Many of the Republican Party members believe that Obama’s focus in carrying on with the deal is a form of retaliation on Trump for beating Democratic bet Hillary Clinton and winning the election.
In response, Josh Earnest, the press secretary of the White House, noted that the current administration is determined to push through with the deal since it has already been in the works for a long time.
If Obama, however, agrees to lift the sanctions on Iran, Trump will certainly have a hard time reversing the deal once he assumes office.