Sen. Chris Murphy says Trump’s moves in Iran will cause ‘catastrophic’ damage to US

ABC News

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., joined ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcaston Wednesday, echoing other claims that the United States has undergone damage since the targeting of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl asked the senator, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, if he believes that the nation is safer today than it was before the strike.

"The answer is absolutely not. It is just catastrophic," Murphy said. "The damage has been done to the U.S. national security since the targeting of Qassem Soleimani. I don’t think the administration gamed out how badly this would go for us."

Murphy highlighted the work that he believes would have to be done to repair the reputation of the U.S. abroad and to reconstruct nuclear agreements.

"We are going to now have to engage in all sorts of repair work to try and keep our troops from being kicked out of Iraq, to try to repair our reputation with that government, to set to try to suspend or counter ISIS operations," Murphy said. "And then to start trying to reconstruct the nuclear constraints on Iran, which just evaporated in the last four to five days."

In a statement released on Sunday, Iran announced it would no longer limit the number of centrifuges it has in production, calling it the "last key item of its operational limitations in the JCPOA," or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal is formally known. After withdrawing the U.S. in May 2018 from the nuclear deal, President Donald Trumpimposed crippling U.S. sanctions, fully enforcing them in April 2019 with an end to any oil sanctions waivers.