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Sen. Ron Johnson: 'Not So Sure' I Trust Obama Over Iran's Ayatollah

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:04 PM

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said he might have more trust in the Supreme Leader of Iran than he does in President Barack Obama when it comes to the deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Johnson, the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, made the remark while speaking to supporters in a Cerdarburg, Wisconsin, restaurant. Johnson has represented the state in the Senate since 2011.

"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," Johnson said.

"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."

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A framework deal was announced in April after months of negotiations between Iran and a group of six countries, including the United States. Called the P5+1, the countries want Iran to end its nuclear program over concerns it could weaponize it.

Two weeks ago, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the deal could come apart after what he said was a U.S. threat to attack his nation.

"Recently two U.S. officials threatened to take military action against Iran. What does negotiation mean under the shadow of threat," Khamenei said.

"Our negotiators should continue the talks with respect to our redlines. They should not accept any imposition, humiliation, and threat. Holding nuclear talks [with P5+1 powers] under shadow of threat is unacceptable for Iran.

"The United States is no less in need of these talks than Iran."

Johnson said the deal that could be ratified is rife with problems and contains loopholes for Iran to take advantage of.

"Discrepancies — Secretary Kerry, President Obama saying, 'Oh we can inspect anywhere. This is totally verifiable. Totally be able to hold them accountable,'" Johnson said. "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."

This month, the Senate voted to allow Congress to review the Iran deal before it is made official.

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