CNN’s senior White House correspondent made an observation Friday about President Obama’s phone call to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani that started out sounding more like it came from Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh.
“Obviously, clearly, today, President Obama has been on the phone more with the leader of Iran than he was with the speaker of the House, as far as we know,” CNN’s Brianna Keilar said to Jake Tapper. “I think here at the White House, and I haven’t posed the question exactly to this way, Jake, but I think they would say that at this point they may actually see more promise — or certainly, I think, a potential reward — to talking to Iran at this point.”
The president doesn’t see a “potential reward” to speaking with the GOP? If a recent CNN interview with White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer is any indication, the answer is “no.”
Pfeiffer compared Republicans to terrorists in a Thursday interview.
“We are for cutting spending. We are for reforming out tax codes, reforming out entitlements,” Pfeiffer told Jake Tapper. “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.”
Actually, the administration has been doing that for quite some time, the most egregious example being its repeated negotiations with the Taliban, against the strong advice of Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai.
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