Senate Republicans Allying Themselves with Iran’s Hardliners – Obama
The unprecedented partisan intervention in foreign policy by such a large group of senators came under attack at home and abroad.
President Obama said his focus was on seeing if negotiators could get a deal or not, accusing the Senate Republicans of allying themselves with the hardliners in Iran who also oppose a deal
“I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition,” Obama told reporters in Washington. (Reuters, 9 March)
A Western diplomat told Reuters that the action was “without precedent” that could become a real problem.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed the letter as a “propaganda ploy” by those afraid of a diplomatic agreement.
The open letter, first reported by Bloomberg, was the latest Republican effort to influence the nuclear talks. Many Republicans worry Obama is so eager for a deal he will sign off on any agreement leaving Iran able to easily make a nuclear weapon.
File photo: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; February 2015 (Andrew Harrer/Getty Images/Bloomberg/HoffPost)