President Donald Trump is going to be a very busy man on Jan. 20, 2017, reviewing, revising, and in some cases reversing President Barack Obama’s legacy.
One very important element in that legacy that he should leave in place is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated with Iran by the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union and implemented on Jan. 16 this year.
At an event Thursday at the Stimson Center in Washington, Lincoln Bloomfield, the Centre’s chairman and a former senior national security official in three Republican administrations, noted that if Trump were to tear up the executive agreement that laid the basis for U.S. compliance with the JCPOA, he would be “debasing the currency of the presidency.”
Bloomfield added that Republicans had been out of the White House for so long that they had perhaps forgotten the value of such currency in convincing foreign governments to do deals with the United States. If Trump goes through with his other campaign pledges to renegotiate trade agreements, for example, he will need foreign leaders to believe that those agreements will outlast his time in office.
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