In a move that has left Republicans scratching their heads, President Joe Biden has decided to lift the sanctions on Iran that were put in place by former President Donald Trump. But it seems that recent attacks by Iranian-backed terror groups are proving that Trump’s tough stance was the right way to go. Some Republicans argue that these attacks are a clear demonstration of the need to force Biden’s hand.
One of the loudest voices calling for a resumption of Trump’s policy on sanctions is Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez. In an interview, Gimenez expressed his disbelief at Biden’s decision, stating, “Why he would want Iran to have additional funding that they can use against our allies and against Americans is beyond me. It makes absolutely no sense.” The congressman went on to argue that lifting sanctions on Iran would only serve to fund their terrorist activities and support groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis.
🚨REP GIMÉNEZ STATEMENT ON STRIKES
🧵Biden’s failure to isolate the regime in Iran, annihilate Hamas, & support our strategic partners in the Middle East has emboldened the enemies of freedom to target, attack, & murder US troops. (1/3)
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) February 2, 2024
Gimenez didn’t stop there. He accused Biden of consistently working against American interests, always making the wrong decisions. He even linked the lifting of sanctions to the killing of Americans, claiming that Biden’s failure to isolate Iran and support strategic partners in the Middle East had emboldened the enemies of freedom. In a series of social media posts, Gimenez made it clear that he believed Biden’s actions were directly responsible for recent attacks by Iranian-backed proxies, including one that tragically claimed the lives of three American troops.
According to Gimenez, the solution lies in immediately reimposing oil sanctions on Iran. However, he acknowledges that simply calling for action may not be enough to convince Biden. The representative argues that unless the threat of impeachment is on the table, the President is unlikely to take decisive action. Gimenez believes that it will take a new president to solve this problem and protect American interests.
It’s clear that Republicans like Gimenez are deeply concerned about the direction Biden is taking with Iran. They see the lifting of sanctions as a dangerous move that will only embolden Iran and its proxy groups. They believe that Trump’s tough stance was necessary to prevent further attacks against Americans and our allies. Only time will tell if these Republican voices will be enough to change Biden’s course of action, or if their concerns will fall on deaf ears.