Cicilline Blames Trump for Iran Seizing Tanker, Despite Not Being Briefed About Attack

Washington Free Beacon | 7/19/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.) on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for a British oil tanker being seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, saying it was the "inevitable result" of the administration withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

Cicilline appeared on CNN's Situation Room, where fill-in host Brianna Keilar noted he was on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and asked him whether the committee had been briefed on the attack.

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"We have not. These events have just happened, but this is a very serious and dangerous situation. Frankly, it is in part the inevitable result of a failed policy by this administration," Cicilline said. "The president walked away from the Iran deal, instituted additional sanctions on Iran with really no strategy of what to do after that, so Iran has engaged in a lot of aggressive behavior, now against one of our allies and there doesn't seem to be a strategy or a plan in place as to how we move forward."

"We have to deescalate the situation. We have to obviously work closely with our allies in the region, but this is the problem of ripping up an agreement that prevented Iran from becoming a nuclear power that our allies worked on with us with all those months without something to replace it, or even a strategy with an endgame," Cicilline continued.

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Trump has kept up the pressure on Iran and called the U.K a "very great ally" while speaking with reporters earlier in the afternoon, adding that they have...
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