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Local politicians react to President Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

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Colorado politicians reacted to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. 

Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn released a written statement Tuesday, which applauded the president

"Former President Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran gave the Islamic Regime hundreds of millions of dollars to export terrorism around the world and more gravely, a path to nuclear weapons. The deal made no mention of Iran's ballistic missiles program, their human rights abuses, and ultimately allows Iran to start proliferating after the deal expires." 

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton also supported Trump's decision, releasing a statement, which read in part:

“It was both naïve and reckless for the previous Administration to place so much trust in a regime so committed to backing terrorism, and one that has repeatedly called for the destruction of the United States and Israel. I encourage the President and Secretary of State Pompeo to work towards a stronger deal that would actually prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and also address its ballistic missile program.”

However, Democrat Michael Bennet disagreed with Colorado Republican's opinions about the deal, calling Trump's decision "reckless" in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado's Republican Senator Cory Gardner has not yet commented on the deal.

Nationally, congressional leaders are split, but not neatly along party lines, over President Donald Trump's decision.
  
Some are welcoming the pullout, believing the 2015 accord was unsound. But others are worried that the U.S. is now in the position of reneging on an international commitment and without a backup plan.
  
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Iran deal "was flawed from the beginning" and that "we can do better."
  
But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it appears the Trump White House has no plan going forward. Former President Barack Obama called the decision a "serious mistake" that will erode America's global credibility.

Obama's administration brokered the deal. He says Tuesday that Trump's decision to withdraw is "misguided," especially because Iran has been complying.

Obama also warned: "The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America's credibility, and puts us at odds with the world's major powers."

Obama says that without the deal, the U.S. "could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East."
  
He says the deal remains a model for what diplomacy can accomplish, including when it comes to North Korea.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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