President Donald Trump on Thursday slammed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over his recent criticism of the U.S. pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, claiming the lawmaker "doesn’t really believe" the agreement should remain in place after previously voting against it.
"Senator Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fought hard against the Bad Iran Deal, even going at it with President Obama, & then Voted AGAINST it!" the president tweeted. "Now he says I should not have terminated the deal - but he doesn’t really believe that!"
In response to the missive, Schumer retweeted the president's remarks along with the words "Be Best," a reference to first lady Melania Trump's new awkwardly-phrased initiative on childhood wellness.
After the president announced Tuesday that he will pull the U.S. out of the "decaying and rotten" agreement and reimpose strict economic sanctions on Tehran, the Democratic lawmaker voiced his opposition to the move.
“To me, the right thing to do would have been to try and come up with our allies with an agreement on those issues and let the nuclear part of this continue as is because it’s not being violated in any way," Schumer told reporters earlier this week.
Schumer was among several Democratic lawmakers to vote against former President Barack Obama's signature agreement in 2015, writing in a press release at the time that he opted to oppose the measure "after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching."
But the New York senator changed his tone on the deal last year, telling the New York Post in an interview that despite having "great misgivings" regarding it, "The worst things Iran is doing now are not within the nuclear deal but outside of it."
The president, who fulfilled a long-running campaign promise by unveiling plans to withdraw from the deal, has sharply criticized the Senate minority leader over his past objection to the agreement.
“Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it. Tell that to Israel, Chuck!” the president wrote.