On to the nuclear deal with Iran:
TRUMP, on why the U.S. under Obama should not have agreed to the Iran nuclear deal in 2015: "I think they would have failed, totally failed within six months. We gave them a lifeline and we not only gave them a lifeline, we gave them wealth and prosperity." — Statement in Jerusalem on Monday, standing with Netanyahu.
OK, now explain how the nuclear deal made Iran, which would have failed within six months, prosperous and wealthy instead. Along the way, let's claim that Iran is about to have a nuclear weapon, thanks to all of the billions that Obama gave them.THE FACTS: What would have happened without the deal is impossible to say, but such an imminent collapse of Iran's economy was highly improbable.
International penalties on Iran in response to its nuclear program did drive its economy into crisis earlier this decade. But even before the nuclear deal, Iran had cut budget expenditures and fixed its balance of payments. It was still exporting oil and importing products from countries such as Japan and China.
The multinational deal froze Iran's nuclear program in return for an end to a variety of oil, trade and financial sanctions on Tehran. Iran also regained access to frozen assets held abroad. The deal was conceivably an economic "lifeline" for the state but Iran is not wealthy as a result; ordinary Iranians have seen limited benefits to date.