The highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, says the Obama administration sounds as if it’s getting talking points from Iran about its negotiations with the so-called Islamic republic.
“I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran,” Menendez charged at a Wednesday hearing.
“And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin,” he continued. “An illicit nuclear weapons program going back of the course of 20 years that they are unwilling to come clean on,”
Menendez directed his comments to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken.
“They get to cheat in a series of ways and we get to worry about their perceptions” about sanctions, Menendez said going on to read a quote from Blinkin indicating that is an administration concern.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Obama said he would veto any new sanctions on Iran.