During the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday, President Obama addressed a number of issues including marijuana legalization, executive orders and his approval rating. Much of these issues were joked about, but when it came time to discuss the letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iranian leaders, nobody was laughing.
"You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran. Really. That wasn’t a joke," Obama said, according to the Huffington Post. The 47 senators who signed the controversial letter, authored by Sen. Tom Cotton, came under heavy criticism for telling Iranian leaders that they were prepared to undercut a nuclear agreement reached by their country and President Obama. Many referred to the letter as condescending, and Obama called it "unprecedented" when he addressed it in a recent interview with Vice, MSNBC reports.
"I’m embarrassed for them, for them to address a letter to the ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is: ‘Don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement,'" he said. "It’s close to unprecedented.”
Despite criticism, GOP senators have continued to defend the letter. Cotton was quoted as saying he had "no regrets."
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