Appearing on “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Senator Chris Murphy defended his controversial meeting with Iran foreign minister Javad Zariff, saying he did inform the State Department ahead of time.
He also called Trump’s Iran policy a “disaster” claiming Iran is stronger now than before.
Trump previously questioned whether Murphy may have violated the Logan act.’“
I saw that…Senator Murphy met with the Iranians; is that a fact? I just saw that on the way over. Is there anything that I should know? Because that sounds like to me a violation of the Logan Act.”
Ironically, per the Federalist, In 2017, Murphy demanded an investigation into then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn because he had a phone call with a counterpart in Russia. “Any effort to undermine our nation’s foreign policy – even during a transition period – may be illegal and must be taken seriously,” Murphy said.
Per the Hill, Murphy defended the trip on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying he informed the State Department ahead of time that he was meeting with Zarif. He added that it’s a part of his job as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Middle East and Counterterrorism.
“And the fact of the matter is it’s dangerous that this administration is not talking to the Iranians,” he said. “The Trump policy on Iran has been a total disaster. Iran is more powerful today than they were at the beginning of the Trump presidency.”
The Democratic senator cited proof of Iran’s resurgence from its restarting of its nuclear program, its attacks on U.S. troops and its increasing support for proxies.
“I’m not negotiating with Iran, but it does make sense for somebody to be listening to them and to be engaged in some level of outreach as perhaps a means of trying to advert crisis and disaster down the road,” Murphy said.
Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have been increasing since Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and implemented sanctions.