On Saturday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a 2020 candidate for president, told MSNBC’s Alex Witt that the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are President Donald Trump’s fault — and explained how he would do things differently if he is elected.
“Before we get to the debate, I just want to ask you, if you were the president right now, how would you be addressing the situation with Iran?” asked Witt. “Do you think you would try to de-escalate the tensions and move forward in some fashion? Have you given some thought to that?”
“Of course you want to de-escalate it,” said Ryan. “The war in the Middle East at this point, in addition to what’s going on in Iraq and Syria and all of the other activity there, would be a disaster.”
“We would not be in this position if I was president, Alex, because we had a peace deal with Iran,” said Ryan. “Everybody needs to remember that this president took us out of a long, tedious negotiated peace deal with Iran to make sure that they did not have nuclear weapons. And then he recklessly got us out of it. Then he put John Bolton in a very high position, and John Bolton has been talking about regime change in Iran for a long time and the president doesn’t pay too close of attention on some of these issues.”
“What the hell did he think was going to happen?” said Ryan. “Here we are in the middle of escalated tensions in the Middle East. Russia is an ally with Iran. Russia’s been deeply involved in our elections, trying to destroy our democracy, so, of course, they’re partnering with Iran now. And I’m sure they are in some way, shape, or form behind what’s going on here. Because they want to try to destroy us. And of course you’ve have John Bolton there. So escalating tensions, we’re running trillion dollar deficits, so now get us engaged in something that will hurt the global economy, destabilize the region and further get Americans involved in something we don’t necessarily want to be involved in. This is completely reckless but most importantly, it was preventable.”
“Do you think you would you try to put us back in this deal?” asked Witt. “Would that be one way you would deal with it?”
“I would most certainly try to get us back into the Iranian deal … It was a good deal,” said Ryan. “It was preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons. And now we’re going to have a nuclear weapon race in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and these other countries are going to all want their own nuclear weapons to try to protect themselves. That’s why they had this deal done. Even Russia was supporting it. And the president took us out of it, and now John Bolton, a regime changer for Iran, is in a top position for us. It makes no sense.”
Pelosi’s war on progressives risks another Trump victory
There are three reasons Trump won, and some of the leading Democrats don't seem to understand any of them
If Trump wins in 2020—and right now, he stands a good chance of doing it—you can thank Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party.
At the moment she and her allies are waging a war against progressives in order to hold onto a mythical centrist majority that doesn't exist. This threatens to repeat the mistakes of 2016, while ignoring the lessons of 2018.
Trump bellows about ‘fake polls’ after he falls behind Democrats in survey after survey
A new NBC poll released on Sunday is the latest to suggest danger for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, suggesting that he would trail in a hypothetical matchup with several of the top Democratic contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
None of this sat well with the President, who, on Monday morning, accused major news outlets of conspiring to create fake "suppression polls" discouraging his supporters from turning out:
Sanders accuses Biden of parroting pharma and insurance industry script with attacks on Medicare for All
"At a time when Donald Trump and the health insurance industry are lying every day about Medicare for All, I would hope that my fellow Democrats would not resort to misinformation about my legislation."
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday accused 2020 Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden of parroting insurance and pharmaceutical industry talking points after the former vice president raised alarm about the supposedly high price tag of Medicare for All and suggested the transition to a single-payer system would leave people with gaps in health coverage.