Quote:Third, Trump is making clear that U.S. agreements are worthless. If a new administration is just going to override a previous administration, then how can anyone trust the U.S.? Why should North Korea negotiate with the U.S. if the U.S. won't honor our previous agreements?
This is precisely why many people complained that Obama was overstepping executive authority by not working to pass the deal through the senate for ratification as a treaty. Had Obama done so, and if a treaty had been in place instead of a flimsy "deal", Trump would not simply be able to announce one day that the US is out of the deal.
The US president does not have the power to enter into binding treaties with foreign nations. Even Kerry said at the time, "we are not negotiating a legally binding plan". If you agree the Iran deal was beneficial, then to make it legally binding, it should have went through the proper procedure set forth by the US Constitution. Otherwise what we have today is very predictable. Iran was aware this was not treaty. It was sometimes referred to as an "executive agreement", which meant the deal was only in place while current executive branch wished it to be so. It was a mistake to structure the agreement in this way if the goal was for it to be legally binding.
Even many liberals recognized the problem with how the "deal" was crafted. On September 11, 2015, Slate had a story describing why Obama's overreach was a problem.
This is entirely besides the point of whether Trump should have done it. A poll of 1,541 experts on international relations, 94% think Trump made the wrong choice. No one is saying Trump doesn't have the right to do it. Your defense is not a defense.