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More noise from Trump on Iran

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. While U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, Tehran won't walk away from it in retaliation.
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. While U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, Tehran won't walk away from it in retaliation. AP

President Donald Trump lacks an agenda of his own, so apparently he’s decided to focus exclusively on dismantling the agenda of his predecessor. It is a pathetic sight, to see Trump charging on various issues as if he were an angry bull trying to break out of a fence.

There’s health care, which Trump promised would be “beautiful” and cheaper and more comprehensive under his presidency than the “disastrous” Affordable Care Act. But his Republicans in Congress – they’re not really “fellow Republicans,” since Trump’s no GOP true believer – came up with plans that would have cost millions of Americans their health insurance, and they failed to get anything accomplished. The president’s rhetoric on Confederate monuments and a demonstration that resulted in a death in Charlottesville basically diverted the public’s attention away from whatever domestic policy the Trump people intended to push.

And now there’s Iran. Trump blasted the Iran nuclear deal signed under President Obama throughout his campaign, but he’s now stopped short of tearing it up, an option that made many people in his own administration nervous, as the deal is one part of a global strategy to prevent nuclear destruction. Trump’s recent rhetoric implied he would end the deal, but then he didn’t, and now there’s confusion as to what exactly the future holds.

Except, of course, more charges at the fence.

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