NEW YORK — H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser, hinted to a small group of Democratic senators that he opposes the drive to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, according to two sources familiar with the meeting who spoke to CNN.
The sentiment seems to pit McMaster directly against Trump, who is reportedly leaning toward decertifying the deal next week, according to numerous news media accounts in recent days citing administration officials.
Trump is facing a looming October 15 deadline mandated by a law requiring the U.S. president to certify every 90 days that Iran is keeping its side of the agreement and that the deal continues to be “vital to the national security interests of the United States.”
McMaster’s purported views on Iran may be in part divined by his history of serving at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media, as this reporter documented.
Breitbart News reported that from September 2006 to February 2017, McMaster is listedas a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he served as consulting senior fellow. The IISS describes itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict.”
Breitbart News also reported that the IISS is heavily bankrolled by multinational corporate firms doing billions of dollars in business in Iran. The business deals are up for regulation by the U.S. government and the transactions are in direct jeopardy by the possibility of the Trump administration further sanctioning Iran or declaring Tehran in violation of the international nuclear accord.
In its report on Thursday, CNN confirmed with two senior US officials that Trump is indeed planning to decertify the deal next week.
CNN cited “two sources familiar with” McMaster’s White House meeting on Wednesday with Democratic senators describing the confab as being about ideas to continue the Iran nuclear agreement.
McMaster walked a political tightrope in the meeting, according to the report, careful not to directly oppose the president while making clear he is seeking to save the Iran deal.
The sources said the meeting was clearly intended for McMaster to get ideas from key Senate Democrats on how to avoid decertifying the Iran deal, which many in both parties think would destabilize relations with allies and make it harder to confront