Trump Lashes Out at Schumer Over Iran Deal U-turn: 'Tell That to Israel'

Schumer had voted against the deal under Obama in 2015, however released a statement on Sunday saying that the deal should be given more time before being scrapped

President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, September 6, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to attack Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer over his apparent U-turn regarding his positon on the Iran nuclear deal.

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"Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it. Tell that to Israel, Chuck!"

Schumer had voted against the deal under former president Barack Obama in 2015, however released a statement on Sunday after Trump decertified the deal saying that the deal should be given more time before being scrapped.

“I had a great deal of misgivings about the Iran deal and voted against it, but now we ought to give it time to work, and the worst things Iran is doing right now are not within the nuclear field, but outside it,” Schumer said.

Trump's attack on Schumer made light of the seeming contradiction of his support for Israel and his sudden support for a nuclear deal that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said "makes the world a much more dangerous place," and "a stunning historic mistake."

Last week the U.S. Senate minority leader criticized Trump for his "indecisiveness" on relocating the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Trump had said that he would wait to see the results of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks his administration is trying to promote "before I even think about moving the embassy."

In response, Schumer called on Trump to move the embassy "as soon as possible," in line with the president's campaign promise from 2016

 "This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn't moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel's capital," the New York Democrat said in a statement.