NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump will emerge from a tense standoff with world powers over the Iran nuclear deal with similar progress to what he has achieved on North Korea policy, Anthony Scaramucci predicted on Sunday.
Hinting he was aware of a comprehensive administration strategy on the controversial nuclear accord, Scaramucci, a former White House aide and longtime Trump supporter, said at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference that media pundits would regret “scoffing” at the president’s approach.
Trump is threatening to withdraw from the multilateral accord unless Britain, France and Germany agree to “substantial fixes” to some of its most controversial provisions.
“I expect a super positive outcome as it relates to the Iranian situation,” Scaramucci said. “The president’s not going to take the typical nonsense from the Iranians.”
Days are numbered for Iran’s “potential nuclear capability,” he added, but “I don’t want to go into the details of how that’s going to go down.”
Trump earned plaudits for his approach to North Korea in recent days, after threatening last year to destroy the state over its ballistic missile program. North and South Korean leaders held a landmark summit this week vowing to end their war after maintaining a half-century of cold peace.
International powers, including China and Russia, have been largely supportive of his North Korea stance. But that is not the case on Trump’s Iran policy. Much of the world, with the exception of Israel and some Arab nations, want the US president to abide by the 2015 accord.
Scaramucci, known widely by his nickname, “the Mooch,” was Trump’s communications director for only 11 days before getting fired by Trump’s current chief of staff. But he remains a vocal supporter of the president on various media outlets.
At the conference, Scaramucci defended Trump against accusations of antisemitism, while asserting he had mishandled his public remarks on a neo-Nazi rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer.
“If you think about what the president is doing for the State of Israel and the Jewish community in general, he’s the least antisemitic person I know,” Scaramucci said. “There are mezuzas in the West Wing – not just on Jared’s office.”
Scaramucci visited Israel in November, where he said he called the president from his cell phone on a whim – and he picked up.
“He said, ‘You tell Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] that I’m coming to Israel, I’m going to beat him for prime minister. I’m very popular there, Anthony,’” the former aide recalled.
Scaramucci has been effusive in his praise of the Jewish state in the past, calling the country a “beacon of civilization” and “a light unto the nations.”
On Sunday, he said it was an “objective fact” that Israel was given to Israel by God, because the Jewish people had resided in the land for 3,000 to 5,000 years.
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