Singling out U.S. Sen. John McCain, for suggesting Secretary of State John Kerry is “less trustworthy” than Iran’s supreme leader, an angry President Obama said Saturday the partisan wrangling over the nuclear agreement struck with the Middle East country “needs to stop.”
In response to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei disputing the framework of the agreement last week, saying Iran will not allow unlimited inspections, McCain characterized the development as “a major setback.”
He went on to remind the Obama administration that Khamenei calls the shots in Iran, not the country’s president or foreign minister.
“That’s an indication of the degree to which partisanship has crossed all boundaries,” Obama said while addressing the press at the end of the two-day Summit of the Americas in Panama. “And we’re seeing this again and again.”
“It needs to stop,” he declared.
— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) April 11, 2015
White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to McCain’s remarks by saying it is “naïve and reckless for [him] to believe every word of the Supreme Leader’s political speech.”
This being the same man who said “words matter” when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly backtracked on his position against a two-state solution following last month’s elections.
Obama also called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “trying to tell the world don’t have confidence in the U.S. government’s abilities to fulfil any climate change pledge that we might make.”
The president went so far as to compare his Republican counterparts to hardliners in Iran.
“Now what’s always been clear is that Iran has their own politics around this issue,” Obama said. “They have their own hardliners. They have their own countervailing impulses. In terms of whether or not to go forward with something. Just as we have in our country.”
McCain took to Twitter Saturday night to fire back at Obama:
So Pres Obama goes to #Panama, meets with Castro and attacks me – I’m sure Raúl is pleased
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 12, 2015
The reaction on social media to the whole fiasco was predictable considering we have a president with a disastrous track record lecturing the country that this is “not how we’re supposed to run foreign policy.”
Here’s a sampling of the responses:
He needs to stop lying RT @APDiploWriter: “It’s a problem, it needs to stop,” Obama says of McCain believing Khamenei over Kerry/admin
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) April 11, 2015
Obama, 1st president to get recognized as Liar of the Year, want US to believe him. Terrorists are bad ppl but usually not liars @jpodhoretz
— Kelly Ward (@mysticseer4u) April 12, 2015
— El Grande Gringo (@TheCornKing) April 12, 2015
Second term Obama is more political and thin-skinned than first term Obama.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 11, 2015
@RichardGrenell That’s quite the feat.
— Rufus (@Rufus_GB) April 11, 2015
— R.O.C.K. in the USSA (@ROCKInTheUSSA) April 11, 2015
@RichardGrenell : Obama seems angry.
— Priscilla Moskowitz (@priscillamosko1) April 11, 2015
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