The Trump administration is not happy with the United States European allies and their inaction on placing an embargo on Iran.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The United States suffered a stinging defeat at the U.N. Security Council on Friday when not a single European nation lent support to a measure that would have renewed a long-standing arms ban on Iran, which is scheduled to expire in mid-October. While Russia and China vowed to veto the measure, the United States hoped to secure the support of traditional allies such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Only the Dominican Republic supported the U.S. resolution at the Security Council, highlighting lingering anger over the Trump administration’s decision to abandon the landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
Senior U.S. officials said they are livid with European leaders following the failed vote, particularly with U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson, whom administration officials see as abandoning President Donald Trump ahead of the contested 2020 presidential election. The administration is now considering next steps, which are likely to include a final push to reimpose, or snapback, all international economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal. The United States says it has legal authority to invoke the snapback mechanism, but is likely to face an uphill battle given Europe’s refusal to stand with America in extending the arms ban. The snapback fight will likely play out in the leadup to the November elections.
After months of diplomatic wrangling and cautious public statements, the Trump administration is now venting its anger at European nations.
“The administration is profoundly disappointed in the E3—but especially Boris Johnson,” a senior administration official told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background about the ongoing diplomatic skirmish. “All of these countries have expressed privately that Iran does not need these weapons, but they abstained in order to preserve remnants of a bad deal that even Iran isn’t honoring.”
A former member of the White House Security Council, Richard Goldberg, who worked on Iran issues slammed the U.K.’s Boris Johnson, “like an appeaser of China, Russia, and Iran and also the polar opposite of a Brexiteer, going along with whatever Berlin and Paris tell him to do.”