Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, slammed the Obama administration’s efforts to deter further sanctions against Iran.
“I have to be honest with you: The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran,” he said during a hearing on Wednesday. “It feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin.”
The White House has threatened Congress that it will veto any sanction against Iran, arguing that it would hamper a potential deal with the U.S.
“We’re worried about their perceptions, but our perceptions of what they are doing to advance their nuclear interests can be clearly swept under the rug,” he said.