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Trump administration reviewing Obama decision to allow Boeing to sell airplanes to Iran

Trump seems willing to sacrifice business deals to ensure America wins

(NationalSentinel) PolicyDuring the campaign, then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump decried President Obama’s nuclear “deal” with Iran, saying the Islamic republic reaped all the rewards while still maintaining some capacity to build nuclear weapons in the future.

Now, the administration has put aircraft maker Boeing on notice that it is examining the propriety of an Obama-era decision to allow the sale of planes to Iran, which has continually harassed U.S. assets in the Persian Gulf while threatening U.S. interests and allies in the region.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the deal may not go off as planned, if at all:

The Trump administration is undertaking a critical review of Obama administration-era policies permitting the sale of American airplanes to Iran, which have been used in the past to ferry weapons to terrorists and conduct other illicit activities, according to U.S. officials familiar with the situation.

U.S. airline manufacturer Boeing announced on Tuesday that it had reached a memorandum of understanding with Iran guaranteeing the sale of up to 60 planes pending review by the Trump administration.

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While the newly installed administration had come under fire earlier this year for seeming to continue Obama-era policies meant to approve these sales, U.S. officials now tell the Free Beacon that all past and future deals are coming under review by the new administration as part of a larger assessment of the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

The review of sales between Boeing and Iran represent a first step to possibly canceling the deals, which have come under criticism by U.S. lawmakers and foreign policy experts who maintain the Islamic Republic will use the American aircraft to boost its air force and illicit weapons trade, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon.

Throughout the Obama years it became increasingly clear that the former president made conscious efforts to embrace U.S. adversaries like Iran and Cuba at the risk of alienating long-standing friends and allies such as Israel, and the decision to allow Boeing to sell Iran planes was seen by many as a continuation of those policies, despite the bellicose rhetoric of Tehran and its aggressive actions against U.S. naval assets in the region, including the kidnapping and detention of U.S. sailors in January 2016.

But this White House-ordered review makes perfect sense, given the president’s long-stated “American first” philosophy. While he has a businessman’s pedigree, as president Trump seems more than willing to sacrifice deals if it means weakening our enemies and strengthening American security.

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