President Obama promised Senate Democrats in a closed-door meeting that he is prepared to veto GOP legislation and defend his agenda against Republicans.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that both Obama and senators opted to keep the meeting closed to reporters. Part of their reasoning behind the closed session, according to Earnest, was to “spend some time talking about the State of the Union address, some aspects of which he may not discuss publicly yet.”
The president expressed to his fellow Democrats that he was particularly opposed to an Iran sanctions bill, even though his position on the country differs from many Democrats. The White House is reportedly concerned that if the sanctions are imposed, Iran could potentially back out of a significant nuclear deal.
“We in the administration believe that, at this time, increasing sanctions would dramatically undermine our efforts to reach this shared goal” of reducing Iran’s nuclear weapon capacity,” United Nations Embassador Samantha Power said earlier this week.
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The meeting supposedly saw President Obama remaining firm on his promise to veto more legislation, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Obama vowed to “stand firm against GOP efforts to dismantle his agenda,” according to Politico, and called on Dems to “help him sustain his expected vetoes.”
“I’m not going to spend the next two years on defense,” Obama said. “I’m going to play offense.”
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