The Annoucement…. Yes or No to Iran

Set your clocks to 2 p.m. today — that’s when President Trump says he’s announcing his decision on the Iran nuclear deal.

“I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm,” he tweeted Monday afternoon.

Trump has until Saturday to decide whether to renew waivers for sanctions that were lifted as part of the 2015 accord. Failing to keep waiving the sanctions would essentially mean the United States is withdrawing from the deal.

Trump is widely expected to withdraw from the deal, but has sought to maintain suspense by saying that “nobody knows” what he’s going to do.

The White House declined Monday to preview Trump’s decision.

“The president will make an announcement on what his decision is soon,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters minutes before Trump tweeted. “As you know, he’s got a few days to do that, and we’ll let you know when he’s ready to make a decision on it.”

Why people think he’s withdrawing: Trump has called the Obama-era pact the “worst deal ever” but did not re-impose sanctions at earlier opportunities.

Trump did promise in January that it would be last time he waived sanctions unless European allies agree to a supplemental deal addressing what Trump sees as holes in the nuclear accord.

No such agreement appears imminent, despite several visits from and conversations with European leaders over the last few weeks.

Last-minute pitches: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was in Washington on Monday for meetings with Vice President Pence and others to try to save the deal.

Johnson wasn’t scheduled to meet with Trump, but he did appear on Trump’s favorite morning show to get the message to him.

Johnson said on “Fox and Friends” that “we need to find a way of fixing” the agreement and argued against throwing “the baby out with the bath water” by “scrapping the whole thing.”

He also penned an op-ed in The New York Times similarly arguing that the “wisest course would be to improve the handcuffs rather than break them.”

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