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Washington - AP FACT CHECK: WH Wrong In Saying Corker Behind Iran Deal

Published on: October 10, 2017 10:33 PM
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FILE - U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce in Sevierville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. APFILE - U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce in Sevierville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. AP

Washington - White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders missed the mark on Tuesday when she accused Republican Sen. Bob Corker of working with Democrats and the Obama administration to make the Iran nuclear deal happen.

A look at the matter:

SANDERS: “Senator Corker worked with Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration to pave the way for that legislation and basically rolled out the red carpet for the Iran deal.”

Her comment follows a series of tweets from President Donald Trump on Sunday going after Corker. One asserted: “He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!”

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THE FACTS: Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had no role in crafting the 2015 international agreement forged by the U.S. and other world powers to constrain Iran’s ability to build a nuclear arsenal. Corker was a vocal opponent of the accord and argued President Barack Obama should have made the seven-nation pact a treaty subject to approval by the Senate.

Obama refused to do that. That left Congress with the choice of doing nothing or trying to find another way to derail the deal. Corker and other senators wrote legislation to allow Congress to review the nuclear agreement and, if opponents could muster the votes, stop it from moving forward. The bill providing for this review passed both chambers overwhelmingly, with Republican and Democratic votes. The Senate voted 98-1 and the House voted 400-25 to clear the bill. Obama signed the measure into law in May 2015. But the ultimate decision — to bring the deal into effect — was made by Obama, not Congress.

Senate Democrats ultimately succeeded in blocking a Republican resolution to turn aside the nuclear deal. The review legislation, however, required that the president certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear agreement. The Associated Press reported last week that the periodic reviews have become a major source of embarrassment for Trump, who pledged during the campaign to tear up the nuclear agreement.



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 Oct 10, 2017 at 10:58 PM hashomer Says:

So Toxic Trumpf stoops so low as to purposely misrepresent Senator Corker's (R) vote on Iran. Lying about a Senate vote on the record? And Toxic Trumpf's echochamber Breitbart said the same lie tonight. That's what this trainwreck presidency is now. Feh.

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 02:06 AM Crazykanoiy Says:

Trump is sick. He is an immoral lowlife.

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 09:42 AM Anonymous Says:

This faked colored hair in the oval office has nothing better to do, collision with North Korea, health insurance law, tax reform, instead infantile bickering with a senator, who is smarter, loughing stock of the world. This man should be referred to a psychiatrist

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 09:15 AM Reb Yid Says:

Did you fact check the AP or did you just accept whatever they said or look at the same websites they did? I wouldn't trust a reporter any farther than I could throw him.

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 10:05 AM Trevs Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

So Toxic Trumpf stoops so low as to purposely misrepresent Senator Corker's (R) vote on Iran. Lying about a Senate vote on the record? And Toxic Trumpf's echochamber Breitbart said the same lie tonight. That's what this trainwreck presidency is now. Feh.

They wh didn't say he voted for it but he paved the way by sponsoring a bill that allowed Obama to override Congress to make a treaty with a enemy normally the president would need Congress approval but Bob corker allowed Congress to be by passed so this AP fact check is actually FAKE NEWS AND TRUMP IS 100% CORRECT!!

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Reb Yid Says:

Did you fact check the AP or did you just accept whatever they said or look at the same websites they did? I wouldn't trust a reporter any farther than I could throw him.

Every vote in senate is recorded and all you have to look at the record. This not faked news , THIS IS LYING, THIS PRESIDENT IS A LIAR

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 11:24 AM Phineas Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

Did you fact check the AP or did you just accept whatever they said or look at the same websites they did? I wouldn't trust a reporter any farther than I could throw him.

The Iran nuclear deal was announced in July, and it did get a public airing in Congress after Republicans proposed a resolution to reject the deal. But it never did get a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate. Rather, a procedural measure on Sept. 10, 2015, failed by two votes (58-42) to reach the 60 needed to break a Democratic filibuster.
At the time, Corker criticized Senate Democrats for trying to “deny the American people an up-or-down vote on a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.” Corker called the deal “deeply flawed,” and he warned, “Rather than end Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon, this deal legitimizes and industrializes their nuclear program over time.”

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 Oct 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM Anonymous Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

Did you fact check the AP or did you just accept whatever they said or look at the same websites they did? I wouldn't trust a reporter any farther than I could throw him.

Reb Yid call your congress person or senator and he/she will tell how senator corker voted. In fact I don't believe any of your postings, you need a cerebral irrigation to eliminate all the mist you have accumulated

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