White House takes aim at one of Trump's most consequential mistakes

White House officials are eager to blame Donald Trump for the growing Iranian security threat. The facts are clearly on their side.

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.MaddowBlog: In Republican circles, it's simply assumed that the Obama-era Iran deal 'failed.' That gets reality backwards: The real failure is the policy Trump tried to implement, not the policy he replaced.

White House officials are eager to blame Donald Trump for the growing Iranian security threat. The facts are clearly on their side.

Carlos Barria / AFP - Getty Images fileJan. 17, 2022, 5:46 PM UTCBySteve BenenExactly six years ago yesterday, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was implemented. Six years later, the JCPOA policy is effectively gone, and efforts to reach a new agreement are going nowhere fast. The result is an increasingly obvious national security threat.

As Politicoreported, President Joe Biden's team is increasingly eager to shine a light on who's responsible for this mess.The White House sought Wednesday to reframe the Washington debate about the Iran nuclear deal, asserting that former President Donald Trump's decision to quit the agreement is what has led to an Iran on the verge of an atom bomb. The criticism of Trump came as indirect talks in Vienna between the United States and Iran to revive the deal remain unable to resolve critical differences.

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MaddowBlog “$1.7-billion payment to Iran was all in cash due to effectiveness of sanctions, Obama White House said.” $400 million on pallets? The Iran deal was the worst thing since Obamacare. Everything went downhill from there. The Democrats operate a money pit… what’s wrong with saving? MaddowBlog I'd more concerned about the adim constant screwups. Biden gives Trump all the ammunition he needs and it's nobody's fault but his. But hey, let's all focus on Trump.

MaddowBlog In Democratic circles, Covid vaccines absolutely unequivocally stop the spread of Covid. This is a fun game. MaddowBlog Iran should never have had a nuclear program. It's the United States' fault they do. Iran and Israel policy was one of the only things Trump got RIGHT. Trump did better for Israel than Biden or John Kerry ever would!

MaddowBlog MaddowBlog Wow! so the midnight pallets of money were on the up and up. MaddowBlog These four tweets, tell us that Trump knew about the forged election documents:

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A member of staff removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of United States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Centre in Vienna on July 14, 2015. Carlos Barria / AFP - Getty Images file Jan. 17, 2022, 5:46 PM UTC By Steve Benen Exactly six years ago yesterday, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was implemented. Six years later, the JCPOA policy is effectively gone, and efforts to reach a new agreement are going nowhere fast. The result is an increasingly obvious national security threat. As Politico reported , President Joe Biden's team is increasingly eager to shine a light on who's responsible for this mess. The White House sought Wednesday to reframe the Washington debate about the Iran nuclear deal, asserting that former President Donald Trump's decision to quit the agreement is what has led to an Iran on the verge of an atom bomb. The criticism of Trump came as indirect talks in Vienna between the United States and Iran to revive the deal remain unable to resolve critical differences. At a briefing last week, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether the president is satisfied with the ongoing diplomatic efforts. Her response suggested she was eager to contextualize the latest developments. "[N]one of the things we're looking at now — Iran's increased capability and capacity, their aggressive actions that they have taken through proxy wars around the world — would be happening if the former president had not recklessly pulled out of the nuclear deal with no thought as to what might come next," Psaki said. "And if you look at that step and the impact of that — the fact that the former president ripped up the nuclear deal meant that Iran's nuclear program was no longer in a box, it no longer had the most robust inspection regime ever negotiated, no longer had the tight restrictions on nuclear activity.... Because of the last administration pulling out of the nuclear agreement, now Iran's program has been rapidly accelerating." This has the benefit of being true. Circling back to our