WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top advisers briefed lawmakers Wednesday ahead of decision by the president on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. White House officials said the pending decision wasn’t shared, but several officials said they left the briefings convinced that Trump plans to decertify the deal, three officials told NBC News.
The president’s decision comes ahead of a deadline Sunday that triggers a 60-day window for lawmakers to determine whether to reimpose sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program that were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement.
Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, briefed lawmakers on the president’s pending decision on Wednesday and proposed legislation to amend the original Obama-era agreement — something Congress doesn’t have the authority to do — two of the officials said.
The White House denied that McMaster told lawmakers about the president’s plans, but officials said McMaster left no doubt that Trump intends to decertify, as he has indicated numerous times in the past.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also scheduled to brief lawmakers Wednesday as part of the administration’s final sales pitch to tackle what it views as problematic elements of the nuclear agreement and to crack down on Iranian efforts to undermine peace in the Middle East.
The administration specifically wants to renegotiate the sunset clause in the nuclear deal,…