Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona made an appearance on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s program on Thursday (April 9) and had some choice words to describe how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is handling the ongoing negotiations with Iran.
McCain seemed to suggest that Kerry botched the negotiations and criticized his leadership role in the process.
“I think you’re going to find out that they had never agreed to the things that John Kerry claimed they had," McCain said, Politico reports. "So in a way, I can’t blame the Ayatollah, because I don’t think they ever agreed to it, and I think John Kerry tried to come back and sell a bill of goods, hoping maybe that the Iranians wouldn’t say much about it."
McCain is referring to Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks earlier this week where he demanded that all of the sanctions currently placed on his nation be removed once a final deal is in place concerning the hostile nation’s nuclear energy program, which they have claimed for years is only for peaceful purposes.
McCain continued to criticize Kerry and the Obama administration’s policies on the controversial issue.
“But look, it’s delusional, and the worst thing about it, as we have talked before, Hugh, is that they believe that with this deal, somehow there’s going to be a new alignment in the whole Middle East, and we’re going to be partners with the Iranians,” McCain said.
After Hewitt played a soundbite of President Barack Obama seemingly comparing the United States to Iran by calling each nation “complicated," McCain continued to criticize his political rival.
“Only an insane person would compare the United States of America with a country that is governed by the ayatollahs who regularly hang people who, oh, well, a terrorist nation,” McCain replied.
The relationship between the Senator and the President has been testy since Obama defeated McCain for the presidency in 2008, with the greatest margin of victory since Bill Clinton’s defeat of Bob Dole in 1996.
The President announced on April 2 that a deal had been completed in the ongoing Iranian negotiations, with a final agreement set for a June deadline. While many have supported the move, Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced their opposition to the deal, due to the fact that President Obama has not discussed the deal with any members of Congress.