Indiana Rep. Jim Banks Excoriates Democrat Pete Buttigieg on Foreign Policy

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Indiana Rep. Jim Banks Excoriates Democrat Pete Buttigieg on Foreign Policy

Banks: "The audacity of this is not lost on me or any other leader on Capitol Hill."

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Indiana Representative Jim Banks sharply criticized 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's recent comments on matters of foreign policy Wednesday.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old democrat mayor of South Bend boldly proclaimed before a crowd in Bloomington, Indiana Tuesday that it was time to put a stop to the “endless war” that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and return to the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord, which were scrapped by Republican President Donald Trump.

Rep. Banks told WIBC host Tony Katz that the "audacity" of Buttigieg's call for a return to the Iran Nuclear Deal was not lost on him or "any other lawmaker on Capitol Hill," adding that Americans "are far better off" under the leadership of President Trump than "under the weak posture" of President Obama's administration.

The United States withdrew from the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," unofficially known as the "Iran Nuclear Deal," in May of 2018. In annouNcing the decision to withdraw, President Donald Trump called the agreement "a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made" and added that "it didn't bring calm, it didn't bring peace, and it never will."

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