John Gizzi, Newsmax, 6 May 2018
Rudy Giuliani set off some fireworks Saturday afternoon and — surprisingly — they had nothing to do with his new role as President Trump’s attorney.
Speaking in Washington D.C. at a conclave of more than 1,000 Iranian exiles opposed to the theocratic regime in Tehran, the former New York mayor hinted strongly that the president will scrap the Iran nuclear agreement on May 12.
“What do you think is going to happen to that agreement?” Giuliani told the wildly cheering crowd, whereupon he took a piece of paper and pantomimed spitting on it.
With the U.S. sanctions on Iran that were ended by the agreement thereupon restored, Giuliani predicted, “we have a real chance of escalating demonstrations [against the theocratic regime].”
The Iran Freedom Convention, which brought together exiles from across the U.S., was sponsored by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Speaking to Newsmax following his remarks, the Republican known as “America’s mayor” for his heroic actions to rally New Yorkers after 9/11, denied he had any inside knowledge of Trump’s actual thinking on the Iran agreement.
“I don’t think I can [advise Trump on Iran sanctions] because of my role as attorney for him,” Giuliani told me. “He knows my views. I know his views.”
He added that Trump is “surrounded by some really terrific foreign policy advisers. [National Security Adviser] John Bolton is no different today than he was a year ago when he said the Iran agreement was ‘one of the worst in history.
The former mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate would not discuss any of his work as Trump’s lawyer except to say that charges against the president now being investigated by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller are “tremendous distractions” and “something totally unjustified.”
Founded in 1981, the convention represents political figures, academicians, and other Iranians who have fled their homeland, are dedicated to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic and its replacement with a secular democracy.
The group’s leaders are the lineal heirs to Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, the colorful nationalist and elected prime minister of post-war Iran. His ouster in a U.S.-backed coup in 1953 led to the return to power of the exiled Shah of Iran. Tens of thousands of its activists have been executed by the Iranian regime.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.