In the video circulating on WhatsApp of the private Trump fundraiser at the home of the late Stanley Chera in Long Branch, the president repeats the story of the Jerusalem embassy for the zillionth time pic.twitter.com/cXgKVHoEEv
– Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) 10 August 2020
Some of the crowd stood up and applauded after Trump’s remarks.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have intensified since Trump withdrew the 2015 nuclear deal that the Obama administration and five other countries struck with Tehran to reduce its uranium stocks in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.
In 2018, Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal and the reimposition of sanctions, a move criticized by the United Nations, the European Union and the main Democrats and supported by the Israeli prime minister. Benjamin netanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and Saudi Arabia.
Tensions reached a boiling point in January when a US drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, and Iran retaliated by firing ballistic missiles at an Iraqi base housing US forces.
Trump’s proclamation comes as US plans to introduce UN resolution to expand arms embargo on Iran – a move according to experts is likely to fail.
If the effort is unsuccessful, the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo Hong Kong Police Arrest Pro-Democracy Media Mogul: Help Trump, US Amid Pivotal UN Vote On Iran Trump Brings Trade To Order of the day 2020 PLUS said the United States could trigger resumption sanctions, restoring Trump’s Iranian policy on pre-2015 sanctions, which would effectively kill the Obama-era deal.
Trump has promised a new deal with Iran to supporters at the home of his late friend Stanley Chera, who died of complications from COVID-19 in April, according to Asbury Park Press.
In video, participants in the outdoor fundraiser were not wearing masks.
The Hill has asked the White House for comments on Trump’s remarks.
–This report was updated at 2:57 pm