Ilhan Omar Blames Trump for Iran-Linked Attacks on Oil Tankers
Radical Democrat blames president for backing out of the Iranian nuclear deal
Radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is placing the blame for the recent oil tanker attacks - which the White House says Iran was behind - on President Donald Trump and his administration.
The controversial congresswoman pointed to Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal as a leading factor behind the high-profile attack on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
Far-left Omar, one of Congress's most vocal Trump critics, claims the White House is to blame for the rising tensions after Iran announced it can enrich uranium up to 20 percent - just one step below weapons-grade level.
The already-strained relations between Washington and Tehran have further deteriorated recently after the United States blamed Iran for the attacks, which the country denied.
According to Fox News, Iran said it would break a limit on uranium stockpiles established by the 2015 agreement with world powers that was intended to restrict the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.
Omar said, "none of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal."
She said the U.S. should get back to negotiations with Tehran and reinstate the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump declared Iran was responsible for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, pointing to video released by the U.S. Navy that they claimed showed an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine.
"Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends" last Friday.
"They're a nation of terror and they've changed a lot since I've been president, I can tell you."
None of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 17, 2019
America’s response should be to return to the table and reinstate the Iran nuclear deal.
Increasing tensions and threats of war serve nobody's interests. https://t.co/KGSKGXATPE
Omar took to Twitter on Monday condemning Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal shortly before the Pentagon approved sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East in response to the attack.
Critics slammed Omar for "appeasing the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."
Iran's announcement raised pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal.
President Hassan Rouhani already has warned Europe that a new deal needs to be in place by July 7 or the Islamic Republic would increase its enrichment of uranium.
Rouhani, greeting France’s new ambassador to Tehran on Monday, similarly warned that time was running out on the deal.
“The current situation is very critical and France and the other parties to the (deal) still have a very limited opportunity to play their historic role for saving the deal,” Rouhani said, according to his website.