The U.S. Department of Agriculture has continued to support trade with Iran, which is a strict violation of President Trump’s policy to cease trade with the rogue regime. The reckless actions of this rogue agency look to be an effort by former Obama’s administration employees to make Iran more wealthy and stable through trade.
Michael Rubin, a former adviser and expert on rogue regimes says, “White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster should… coordinate policy across departments. Alas, it seems that the USDA wants to pursue an independent foreign policy, one that is detrimental to broader U.S. national interests.”
The USDA released a report in July which conformed to the the attempts made by former president Obama to lift all major sanctions, including trade sanctions, from Iran following the historical nuclear agreement by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
But the smoking gun is that these reports are in clear defiance of the new policies by Trump and the White House. This particular report is being considered to be a product of the efforts of the previous administration of Former President Obama to promote trade with Iran.
The regional experts and insiders are viewing this report as an indication that the Trump administration elements, including some in the USDA, are being increasingly rogue in their actions by contradicting the official White House policy on various issues, trade being just one of them.
Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, states that the report is contradicting to its counterparts in White House and Congress. It is very difficult to understand how U.S. proposes to be promoting trade while having strict policies against “mullahs in Tehran”.
He says that it is unusual to see such reports which are not in line with the President’s and the other Government department’s goals regarding a national security issue as serious as Iran. He further added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a strategic enemy of the United States; unfortunately many in DC prefer to forget this basic point”.
The USDA report vouches for the renewed prospects for trade between the two countries as it may provide to be, “the potential for new opportunities for the U.S. producers over the period of time”. It goes on discusses the Iran deal as an “opportunity” to help Iran to engage with international market, especially in the U.S. to sell premium products like caviar and pistachios.
The report has been met by a storm of criticism, and the USDA has been asked to provide reasoning as to how the department thinks it is possible to increase trade with Iran without benefitting the hostile regime in Iran, they also asked the Trump administration about steps taken to stop such publications in the future.
USDA did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the report’s origins or about which officials authorized its production.