Reid: Republicans embarrassing President Obama by Iran letter

Reid: Republicans embarrassing President Obama by Iran letter

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US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has rebuked Republican senators for undermining and embarrassing President Barack Obama while the country’s commander-in-chief is in crucial nuclear talks with Iran.

“We should always have robust debate about foreign policy, but it’s unprecedented for one political party to directly intervene in an international negotiation with the sole goal of embarrassing the president of the United States,” the Democrat said on Monday.

A group of 47 Republican senators have written a letter to Iran, warning that the outcome of the nuclear negotiations would not be acceptable without Congress approval and could be revoked when President Obama leaves the White House two years later.

The letter was organized by freshman Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who is one of the youngest members of the chamber.

The possible contenders of the next US presidential election, Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul signed the letter.

Reid also described the move as hypocritical after Republicans supported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anti-Iran address to Congress.

“Just last week [Netanyahu] was here in the Capitol. Republicans at the speech… stood, applauded, stomped their feet and yelled supporting what the prime minister of Israel had to say,” he said. “Today these same Republicans are trying to negotiate with the very same leaders in Iran that Netanyahu said we should not be negotiating with.”

He also reminded that the Democratic party never acted against former president George W. Bush despite disagreements with the Republican president.

“It’s time for Republicans to accept that the citizens of our country twice elected President Obama by large margins as president of the United States. Obviously. Republicans don’t know how to do anything other than juvenile political attacks against the president,” Reid said.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the letter as “the continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”

The letter comes while Iran is in the middle of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group — Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — in order to reach a final agreement after an interim deal was signed in November 2013.

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