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’Trump Policy on Iran Has Been a Total Disaster’ – Senator Says

’Trump Policy on Iran Has Been a Total Disaster’ – Senator Says
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By Staff, Agencies

US Senator Chris Murphy [D-Conn.] said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s policy on Iran “has been a total disaster" after he criticized Murphy for meeting with an Iranian official last week.

Murphy met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif last weekend, prompting Trump to accuse him of violating the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

Murphy defended the trip on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying he informed the State Department ahead of time that he was meeting with Zarif. He added that it’s a part of his job as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Middle East and Counterterrorism.

“And the fact of the matter is it’s dangerous that this administration is not talking to the Iranians,” he said. “The Trump policy on Iran has been a total disaster. Iran is more powerful today than they were at the beginning of the Trump presidency.”

Murphy cited proof of Iran’s resurgence from its restarting of its nuclear program, its attacks on US troops and its increasing support for proxies.

“I’m not negotiating with Iran, but it does make sense for somebody to be listening to them and to be engaged in some level of outreach as perhaps a means of trying to advert crisis and disaster down the road,” Murphy said.