Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

President Obama targets Mike Huckabee, GOP critics of Iran deal as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘sad’

When President Obama addressed the critics of the Iran nuclear deal, particularly 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Obama called the remarks ‘ridiculous’ and ‘sad.’

“The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern that we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” Obama said Monday during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During an interview published over the weekend, the former Arkansas governor invoked the Holocaust when he said of Obama and the Iran deal: “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

In a statement, Huckabee fired back at Obama’s new comments.

“What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust,’” Huckabee said.

“‘Never again’ will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.”

Obama during the press conference also criticized a “sitting senator running for president who suggested I’m the leading state-sponsor of terrorism.”

The President is referring to, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has said the money freed up through sanctions relief would be used to fund terrorism.

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Obama then took aim at Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s comparison of Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate and the controversial rhetoric by billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

“Maybe this is just an attempt to push Mr. Trump out of headlines,” Obama said.

“That arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace and get circulated nonstop through the Internet and talk radio and news outlets,” Obama said.

“I recognize when outrageous statements like that are made about me, that a lot of the same people who were outraged when they were made about Mr. McCain were pretty quiet.”

As for the Iran nuclear deal, Obama asserted, “The good news is I have not heard a factual argument on the other side holds up to scrutiny. There is a reason 99 percent of the world thinks good deal.”

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