- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Businessman Donald Trump joined other 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls in tearing into the deal on Iran’s nuclear program that was announced Tuesday, calling the agreement “horrible” and “bad for Israel.”

“I think the deal is horrible,” Mr. Trump told Fox Business Network. “I think the deal is absolutely horrible for us, but it’s really, really bad for Israel.”

“And you know, just one thing: We have four people over there, prisoners that they’re keeping, hostages, whatever you want to call [them],” he continued. “That’s not part of the deal. Why isn’t that part of the deal? Why are we giving them all the money back? Keep the money. Why are we doing that?”

The deal announced by President Obama and other world leaders would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.

Mr. Trump, who was in Virginia for an event at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, also said that “we don’t have the right” to go in there “unfettered” and check “anytime, anywhere — we don’t have the right to do that.”

We “know” Iran is going to cheat, Mr. Trump said.

“We also know the Persians are good negotiators, and frankly, I think the deal is terrible, and it’s certainly bad for Israel,” he said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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