RJC: What Exactly Did President Obama Mean By That?

Washington, D.C. – According to today’s New York Times, at the Democratic Senate retreat yesterday President Obama urged Democratic lawmakers to resist sanctions against Iran and said that  “he understood the pressures that senators face from donors and others.”

It was reported that one Senator in particular, Robert Menendez (NJ), stood up and took “personal offense” to the President’s assertion.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:

“What exactly was President Obama suggesting when he said opposition to his Iran policy is due to ‘donors’?  No one would say opposition to his Russia policy is due to ‘donors,’ or his Cuba policy is due to ‘donors,’ or his general foreign policy is due to ‘donors.’  So why did President Obama single out those who seek tougher sanctions on Iran and say their viewpoints are based on ‘donors’?

“The threat Iran poses to Israel and the western world is a national security issue.  Attributing opposition to his Iran policy to the views of ‘donors’ is an inappropriate statement and it underplays the serious threat that Iran represents.”