CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who was just announced as Charlie Rose's replacement on PBS after he was fired over sexual assault allegations, was quick to denounce the Trump administration for its decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal Tuesday.
"This is the regime change crew," she said on CNN. "They're back in town. They're ascendant."
Some of the newest members of Trump's national security team include National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has often been criticized as too hawkish, and new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Speaking from the White House, Trump announced the U.S. would be leaving the "horrible, one-sided deal."
"It didn't bring calm," he said. "It didn't bring peace, and it never will."
The "decaying" agreement leaves no path for preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb. It is, he said, "defective at its core."
Amanpour had other ideas.
CNN’s Amanpour: “I would describe pulling out of this deal [nuke deal] as possibly the greatest deliberate act of self-harm and self-sabotage in geo-strategic politics in the modern era.” @camanpour— Mohsen Milani (@milanimohsen) May 8, 2018
She also saved some critiques for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a strong Trump ally. She questioned his judgement on Iran and its nuclear program and used his prediction on Saddam Hussein as precedent.
Didn’t quite turn out that way, did it? Will the U.S. be back on the warpath after exiting the Iran deal? https://t.co/1wQH2J7dr1— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) May 8, 2018
The president, however, has made up his mind. Trump signed economic sanctions against Iran immediately following his remarks and sent the nation this bold warning:
"If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before."