U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he supports sanctions on Iran that just took effect.
But the Hoosier Democrat also defends the Iran nuclear deal entered into during President Barack Obama’s term – an agreement President Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this year.
Donnelly says he supports any effort to ensure the Middle Eastern nation doesn’t possess nuclear weapons. And he says the Iran nuclear deal aided that effort.
“And the inspections that took place – Secretary [Jim] Mattis, our defense secretary, said that the inspections were robust, they were strong,” Donnelly says.
Donnelly calls the recent sanctions a good backup plan.
Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun criticizes Donnelly for his support for President Obama’s agreement with Iran.
In a statement, Braun spokesperson Josh Kelley said the GOP Senate hopeful supports President Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions against what he calls the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.