October 17, 2021

White House Blames Iran Deal Opposition on ‘Rigid Partisan Views,’ Even Though Some Dems Have Problems With It Too

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks about Ebola during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The United States, with Britain, France, Russian, China and Germany, reached an agreement on the parameters of a deal with Iran that would require Iran to open itself up for international inspections of its nuclear energy use in exchange for sanctions relief. The deal would allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium.

“That’s the kind of partisanship that has infected so much of what this president has tried to do over the course of the last six years and its unfortunate that its emerging in the context of such a critical national security priority for the United States,” Earnest continued. “There will be some members of Congress, who based on their rigid partisan views will oppose this deal no matter how good it is.”

The Corker-Menendez Senate bill has nine Democratic co-sponsors, but needs 13 Democratic votes to override a presidential veto. The bill would require Obama to include Congress in approving the deal.

The Obama administration is offering up Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to any member of Congress who wants a classified briefing, Earnest said.

Earnest was later pressed on how he would characterize Democratic opposition to the Iran deal. Earnest explained that he thought Democrats would listen to what administration officials had to say.

“There is some Democratic opposition. I do think there is an opportunity for us to make the case to them that the negotiations we have undertaken, if we can complete this agreement by the end of June, would be by far the best way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and, that is after all a goal we all share,” Earnest said. “Certainly Democrats understand that the president means it when hey says he’s going to use every element in his authority to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”