Reacting to the agreement reached early Tuesday between the U.S. and Iran, Sen. Tom Cotton told “Morning Joe” that the accord is a “terrible, dangerous mistake” by the Obama administration.
Cotton, one of the most outspoken opponents of such a deal, also told host Joe Scarborough that Americans will “repudiate” the deal struck between the two sides, adding further that Congress will “kill the deal.”
“This proposed deal is a terrible, dangerous mistake that’s going to pave the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon while also giving them tens of billions of dollars of sanctions relief, even lifting the arms embargo at a time when they’re destabilizing the entire Middle East,” Cotton said. “The American people are going to repudiate this deal, and I believe Congress will kill the deal.”
Cotton also dismissed the part of the deal involving inspections of Iranian facilities, telling the host that Iran will be able to “delay” and “decide” which sites the U.S. and allied nations can inspect.
“Of course not,” Cotton said when asked if he was satisfied with the inspections portion of the deal. “If you look at the text of the deal, Iran will have weeks to delay — they’ll be able to decide which sites that we inspect.”
“But more fundamentally, if they wanted to end their nuclear program and rejoin the civilized world, they could simply grant us access. They don’t,” Cotton said. “They are an outlaw, terror-sponsoring, anti-American regime. They have the blood of hundreds of American soldiers on their hands who they killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and today we are giving sanctions relief to organizations like the revolutionary guard corps and men like Qassem Suleimani, the general that leads that corps, who are responsible for killing American soldiers.”