Murphy Says Trump Must Tone Down Rhetoric, Recertify Iran Deal

Hartford Courant

In the escalating war of words between Sen. Bob Corker and President Donald Trump, Chris Murphy is siding with the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he also serves on.

Corker, in a New York Times interview, said Trump’s threats toward other countries, like North Korea, could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” It’s a sentiment Murphy shares.

“Nobody knows this administration better than Bob Corker,” he said. “He spent the first eight months of this administration in close consultation with the president and his advisers. … I think that Sen. Corker is worried about events on the Korean Peninsula spinning out of control. I think he’s worried about this president shutting down a potential diplomatic path.”

Murphy came to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Wednesday to make two suggestions: Trump should tone down his rhetoric when it comes to North Korea and he should rethink his refusal to recertify the Iran nuclear deal that was reached in 2015.

“Why does this matter here in Connecticut?” Murphy said. “If hostilities break out with the Iranians or North Koreans, it will be Connecticut soldiers … that will be asked to fight. We made a big mistake by going into Iraq on false pretenses, and hundreds of Connecticut men and women died. I don’t want us to make that mistake again. I don't want to send Connecticut soldiers to fight a war that didn’t have to be fought.