Arkansas Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton faced Democrat and media backlash immediately after he sent an open letter with 47 signatures from Republican senators, to Iran regarding the imminent nuclear deal. The letter’s point is if “Congress doesn’t approve a nuclear deal, Congress won’t accept a deal.” Any deal that Iran reaches with President Obama would likely be tossed out after a new president takes office.
Amidst the backlash, Vice President Joe Biden spoke out and criticized Cotton and his letter.
“In 36 years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country – much less a longtime foreign adversary – that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them,” Biden said.
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After his critique, Cotton joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe cast and fired back at his critics, namely Biden.
Joe Biden – as Barack Obama’s own secretary of defense has said – has been wrong about nearly every foreign policy and national security decision in the last 40 years.
“Moreover, if Joe Biden so respects the dignity of the institution of the Senate, he should be insisting that the president submit any deal to approval of the Senate, which is exactly what he did on numerous deals during his time in the Senate,” he added.
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Co-host Mika Brzezinski pushed back against Cotton questioning the appropriateness of his letter, calling it an “end run” around the president.
Cotton responded – to Brzezinski’s astonishment – by arguing that it was appropriate because it is directed to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. He also referenced the Constitutional powers of the different branches which dictate that the president negotiates agreements, but Congress approves agreements.
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