BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

politics

Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Ayatollah Could Be More Trustworthy Than Obama On Iran Deal

"I don't know, I hate to admit it, but in terms of this framework, do I trust President Obama, or do I trust the Ayatollah? In terms of what the framework actually says? I'm not so sure I'm trusting President Obama on this."

Posted on May 19, 2015, at 1:22 p.m. ET

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Sen. Ron Johnson, the Homeland Security Committee chairman, says when it comes to a nuclear deal with Iran, he's "not so sure" he trusts President Obama over the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"Now, a President who was awarded the 2013 Politifact Lie of the Year, if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, period. If you like your doctor you can keep it, period. They lied boldfaced to the American public repeatedly with Obamacare," the Wisconsin senator said at a recent town hall in Cerdarburg, Wisconsin.

"I don't know, I hate to admit it, but in terms of this framework, do I trust President Obama, or do I trust the Ayatollah? In terms of what the framework actually says? I'm not so sure I'm trusting President Obama on this."

Back in April, Iran and six world powers reached parameters for a framework for a final deal on the country's nuclear program, but differences quickly emerged in each side's interpretation of the parameters. The disagreements ranged from the level of access inspectors will get in Iran to how quickly sanctions will be relieved.

"Discrepancies--Secretary Kerry, President Obama saying, 'oh we can inspect anywhere. This is totally verifiable. Totally be able to hold them accountable,'" said Johnson earlier at the event. "And the Ayatollah goes, 'Well, yeah you can inspect just not on military bases.' Now if you're going to have a nuclear weapon program I don't know, I think I put it on a military base, and we can't even get in there and inspect."

"10,000 kilograms of uranium, President Obama says, 'well that's going to get shipped out.' The Ayatollah goes, 'no it's not,'" he added. "'Sanctions. We're not going to lift those until they adhere to the terms of the agreement.' The Ayatollah goes, 'no those get lifted immediately.'"

Here's the video of Johnson's remarks:

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com

Support our journalism

Help BuzzFeed News reporters expose injustices and keep quality news free.

Contribute
ADVERTISEMENT