Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on White House Decision to Withhold Certification of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withhold certification of the Iran nuclear deal:

“The Iran nuclear deal was a historic diplomatic achievement and the President’s reckless decision to decertify it moves the United States closer to military confrontation while isolating us from our partners and allies. Make no mistake: despite what President Trump says, this decision isn’t about making people safer — it’s about playing politics with national security, and appealing to a hard-right fringe that thinks the only way to achieve peace is to drop more bombs in the Middle East.  

Today’s announcement is yet another in a recent string of moves by the Trump administration that are more about scoring political points than actually helping Americans. Whether it’s repealing the Clean Power Plan to keep money in the pockets of coal industry friends, or trying to take away health insurance from millions of Americans, Trump’s proven he isn’t motivated by a desire to help people — he’s just dead set on dismantling anything President Obama accomplished.”