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Eli Lake

How Trump Can Reject the Iran Deal Without Actually Killing It

There's a poison pill in Congress's authorization that allows the president to punt.
Nikki Haley discussed the president's option to escape responsibility for containing Iran.

Nikki Haley discussed the president's option to escape responsibility for containing Iran.

Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, the legislative compromise that allowed Congress to weigh in on the Iran nuclear agreement without actually ratifying it as a treaty would have been an arcane footnote.

But Donald Trump won the election, and so an overlooked element of that legislation could provide a poison pill for at least the beginning of America's exit from the bargain that defines Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy.