In an interview on Sunday’s edition of ABC’s ‘This Week,’ top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, wonders why President Trump won’t give more credit to President Obama:
STEPHANOPOULOS: It does seem that President Trump may be trying to find a way to stay in the Paris climate change agreement.
SCHIFF: Well, I think that would be wonderful. It’s very difficult to tell day to day what the administration intends with climate, with the Dreamers, and any host of other issues.
But look, we should invite the administration and encourage the administration to reconsider. I think it was probably the single biggest relinquishment of American leadership when the president basically said we’re walking off the world stage on climate.
If they can be enticed back, I think that’s very positive. I don’t know why it it’s so hard for this administration, whether it’s on climate or on Iran or on our strategy of defeating ISIS, to acknowledge that the prior administration did some things right.
I’m struck, in listening to General McMaster right now, George, about how much that secret strategy that the president had of defeating ISIS that we were going to hear about in 30 days, turns out to be the Obama administration’s strategy. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
We can certainly make improvements on what the last administration did. But they did lay some important building blocks. And I think that it’s going to be very different for this administration, in dealing with North Korea, to say that we’re going to renege on the nuclear deal with Iran, because those issues are also interconnected. …read more