05.17.16

Senators Demand President Obama Fire Top Advisor For Iran Deal Deception Campaign

Call for dismissal of staffer who misled public about dangerous nuclear negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), John Cornyn (R-TX), and John Barrasso (R-WY) in calling for the dismissal of President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, after he admitted to misleading Congress and the American people about U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations and the Obama Administration’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.

“We are deeply disturbed to read Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes’s public admission to The New York Times that he spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to this agreement,” the Senators wrote in a letter to President Obama.

“We call on you to dismiss Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes before he further tarnishes the Office of President,” said the Senators. “Mr. Rhodes’s disrespectful, deceptive, and destructive conduct has fallen appallingly short of this standard. Indeed, if he had conducted himself this way in a typical place of business outside Washington, where American taxpayers work, he surely would have been already fired or asked to resign.”

The Senators also asked President Obama how he plans to restore the public’s trust, “What steps will your Administration take to restore the trust of the American public and members of the news media after Mr. Rhodes’s admitted that he purposefully ‘created an echo chamber’ during the debate over the Iran nuclear deal with the objective of propagating misconceptions and ‘saying things that validated what we [the Administration] had given them to say’?”

View the full letter here