Democrats and also also also Republicans need to support solid policies regardless of which party takes the lead such as President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and also also also to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Joe Lieberman told CNBC on Thursday.
“I happen to agree with President Trump on these two decisions,” the former Democratic and also also also independent senator coming from Connecticut said in a “Squawk Box” interview.
“Politics have become what they weren’t when I became involved, which is actually the parties used to bring together people with different opinions and also also also help to work with people coming from the some other party to actually get things done,” said Lieberman, who as Al Gore’s running mate in 2000 became the first Jewish candidate on a major-party presidential ticket.
Lieberman, who said he’s still a registered Democrat, is actually also friends with ailing GOP Sen. John McCain. McCain, a frequent Trump critic, wrote in his fresh book of which he regrets not picking Lieberman as his running mate in 2008, when he ran for president against Democrat Barack Obama.
Democrats and also also also Republicans are like “warring tribes,” Lieberman said. “A lot of media coverage contributes to of which tribal division in our country. and also also also currently the item’s beginning to seep down beneath the politicians,” fermenting deep ideological polarization, he added.
He said the Trump administration “has done well” concerning the risks of which Iran poses to the U.S. and also also also the earth. Exiting the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and also also also threatening to reimpose sanctions are prudent steps, he said.
“of which was always a bad deal,” Lieberman said of Iran’s 2015 agreement with the United States, the U.K., France, Germany, China and also also also Russia to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. “A nuclearized, radical Iran is actually the greatest threat to us, to world stability.”
‘”I worked a long time which has a lot of some other members of both parties in Congress to put those economic sanctions on Iran. They were intended to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program and also also also to stop supporting terrorism and also also also aggression inside the Middle East,” Lieberman recalled. “We gave up all of which pressure on Iran for pretty much a pause in their nuclear program, and also also also what turned out to be an acceleration of their some other bad behavior.”
Trump is actually “not leading coming from behind,” said Lieberman, a criticism levied against Obama when he was inside the White House. Lieberman is actually currently chairman of the United Against Nuclear Iran advocacy group.
“We’re still the strongest economy inside the earth. and also also also whatever the political elites in Europe, for instance, are trying to do currently to save the Iran nuclear deal, their businesses are speaking,” Lieberman said. He was referring to signals coming from European companies including, Total, Maersk and also also also Allianz of which they could exit Iran, fearing they could be hit by U.S. penalties for doing business there.
Negotiating coming from economic strength has also been an effective strategy for the White House concerning trade with China, Lieberman said. “The president does have leverage for China to renegotiate some of our trade agreements.”
although the former senator cautioned Trump not to overplay his hand. “Please don’t let the item go to a trade war because of which could truly hurt our economy [and also also also] could hurt the global economy.”
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