Obama: Republicans aligning with Iranian hardliners

President slams ‘unusual coalition’ after lawmakers warn in letter nuclear deal might not be honored in the future

President Barack Obama said a letter from Republican senators to Iranian leaders is ironic because, in his words, some members of Congress appear to want to align themselves with “hardliners” in Iran. The president called it “an unusual coalition.

Forty-seven Republicans, including Senate leaders and several potential 2016 presidential candidates, wrote an open letter to Iran’s leader, warning any deal with Obama might not be honored in future. In the letter, Republicans said that without congressional approval, any deal between Iran and the US would be merely an agreement between Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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