- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said a Trump presidency will force the Iranians back to the negotiating table as he prepares to head to Washington, D.C., for a rally protesting the recently-brokered nuclear deal.

“It was amateur hour for those charged with striking this deal with Iran, demonstrating to the world, yet again, the total incompetence of our president and politicians,” Mr. Trump wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today. “It appears we wanted a deal at any cost rather than following the advice of Ronald Reagan and walking away because ‘no deal is better than a bad deal.’”

Mr. Trump said in the end, “Iran will be a nuclear state,” leading to an “all-out arms race” in the region.

“If we have to wait until the next president is sworn-in to revisit this nuclear weapons agreement, then the next president better be someone who knows how to negotiate and who will do what is best for the United States,” he wrote.

“When I am elected president, I will renegotiate with Iran — right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world,” Mr. Trump wrote.

Mr. Trump said if he’s elected, he’s “sure” the prisoners will be released before he takes office.

“We will use all the tools of power available, hopefully avoiding direct action,” he wrote. “But make no mistake, a Trump presidency will demonstrate the will to do whatever is necessary to protect the interests of the United States, Israel and its allies.”

Mr. Trump is set to participate in a Capitol Hill rally against the deal on Wednesday, though Senate Democrats appeared to have secured the votes on Tuesday to sustain a filibuster and ensure the deal will stand.

“Negotiating from a position of strength is important. Having the will to follow through is fundamental,” Mr. Trump wrote. “A Trump presidency will force the Iranians back to the bargaining table to make a much better deal. A Trump presidency will make America great again.”

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