White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a news briefing at 2 p.m. ET today. Watch her remarks in the player above on the September jobs report, the U.S. military fatalities in Niger and President Trump’s comments about a “calm before the storm.”
President Donald Trump plans to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal next week, relegating the issue to Congress to resolve, according to several media reports.
Per the deal’s conditions, the president has to certify the deal every 90 days. If Trump fails to do so this time, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to impose new sanctions on Iran.
On Thursday, Trump said Iran has “not lived up to the spirit of their agreement.” Two senior U.S. officials told CNN that the announcement tentatively planned for next week will say that the Obama-era deal was not in the U.S.’ interests.
During a late Thursday meeting with top military officials, Trump said of the meeting: “You guys know what this represents?” Trump asked. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm.”
When a reporter asked the president to clarify what he meant by “storm,” be it ISIS, North Korea or Iran, Trump had a short reply.
“You’ll find out,” he said.
Meanwhile, as the Trump administration and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz continue to trade barbs, a bipartisan group of five senators are expected to travel to Puerto Rico to survey the hurricane damage. The Department of Homeland Security is organizing the trip. An exact date has yet to be set.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.