“As a combat veteran who has seen firsthand the consequences of military action, and as someone with deep experience in national security, I am genuinely scared that the Trump administration is putting us on a path to war.

“From appointing war hawks like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to dismantling the State Department, President Trump has shown time and again that he favors conflict over diplomacy.

“Now more than ever, we need members of Congress who will stand up to the Trump administration’s dangerous foreign policy decisions.”

— Pat Ryan

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2018

Iraq War Veteran and Congressional Candidate Pat Ryan Releases Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Abandon the Iran Nuclear Deal

Kingston, NY – Today Iraq War veteran and Congressional candidate Pat Ryan released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that the United States will abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal:

 
“This decision is yet another dangerous blunder and shows that the President is absolutely clueless about how to keep us safe. But sadly, this is not surprising coming from a cabinet filled with war hawks like John Bolton, who have devalued diplomacy at every turn.

 
“Rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, withdrawing from the deal removes the very safeguards that have held the Iranian nuclear program in check. It further isolates us from our European partners, undermines U.S. credibility on the global stage, and destabilizes an already volatile Middle East. And, by removing any confidence that this administration can be trusted to stand by its international commitments, President Trump’s decision jeopardizes any prospect of an agreement with North Korea.

 
“As a combat veteran who has seen firsthand the consequences of military action, and as someone with deep experience in national security, I am genuinely scared that the Trump administration is putting us on a path to war. From appointing war hawks like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to dismantling the State Department, President Trump has shown time and again that he favors conflict over diplomacy. Now more than ever, we need members of Congress who will stand up to the Trump administration’s dangerous foreign policy decisions.”

 
Pat Ryan is a fifth generation Ulster County resident and a native of Kingston, NY. He graduated from West Point and served two combat tours in Iraq, before returning home to start two businesses to deliver better technology to our troops overseas. Pat resides in Gardiner, NY, with his wife, Rebecca.

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