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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The decision by one of the top Democrats in the U.S. Senate to oppose the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was “disappointing but not surprising,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

President Barack Obama’s hopes of preserving the nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when New York’s Charles Schumer came out against it even as the White House tried to draw attention to other lawmakers who are backing the agreement.

Earnest told reporters that the Obama administration worked closely with Schumer to explain details of the deal even before it was signed in an effort to gain his support.

“Ultimately, it didn’t turn out that way. I don’t think anybody was surprised,” Earnest said.

Obama is struggling to gain congressional backing for the deal, which lawmakers must vote on by Sept. 17. Schumer’s rejection means the Obama administration may have to ramp up its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.

Twelve members of the U.S. Congress, seven members in the House of Representatives, and five in the Senate, have publicly come out in support of the agreement in recent days, showing Obama had made a persuasive case, Earnest said.

The administration is confident they can continue to build support before next month’s deadline, he added.

(Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir, Doina Chiacu and Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Photo: Senate Democrats via Flickr

  • Sand_Cat

    Schumer is a U.S. Senator, not an Israeli one. I understand he said this deal was good for the US, but not for Israel.
    Israel is more than capable of taking care of itself, and has no business meddling in ours.

  • Grannysmovin

    Schumer should be disqualified from replacing Reid leader of the Senate Democrats. It was my understanding that Foreign Policy was set by the President of the United States not the Prime Minister of a Foreign Country and the hardliners of your enemy. What Schumer did was side with the policies of Israel and the hardliners of Iran over the efforts of the United States and 3 of our allies and 2 frenemies to make war your very last alternative.

  • stsintl

    I guess surrender of USA to the Greater Israel is now complete. There were times when partisanship stopped at our borders and the Congress supported the US President. Now it seems USA is the North American colony of Greater Israel and the US President is just the Governor of the colony and the Congress now report to the PM of Israel.

    • Polana

      U R right. Sharon, the late PM of Israel said in 2005-2006 (I think) he said we own United States of America. Later he had a stroke. Bibi just continued – yes the final buy of USA thru GOP and Schumer/DINOS. Another war is coming, Bush the Idiot and GOP and some DINOS created ISIS. I wonder who’s sons, daughters and family members will fight. Not Schumer, they would rather hunt in Zimbabwe.
      It’s much safer.

      • stsintl

        Here are some quotes from Israeli leaders.

        “We must expel Arabs and take their places.” David Ben Gurion, future Prime Minister of Israel, 1937,
        Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

        “Spirit the penniless population across the
        frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

        “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they
        are resigned to live here as slaves.” Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo
        Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

        “We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us.
        Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out’” Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

        “Every time we do something you tell me America
        will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

  • David L. Allison

    Warren for Senate Majority Leader. Schumer for Knesset whip!

  • Nick Gonzalez

    Schumer, for Senate Majority Leader? No! We need a “Real”, Democrat.

  • FT66

    Schumer has to forget taking over Harry Reid’s job as Minority leader. He is running away from his Party, why should anyone bother even talking with him, let alone voting for him to become a leader. Let him find his way out.


    It’s understandable, Peace Now movement is not going to win in Israel any time soon. Just don’t make stupid argument against it like Netanyahu or try to organize override of Obama’s veto if the deal is rejected by congress.

  • So the Senator from Israel votes against the imperfect-but-best-available treaty with Iran. Bad news for Dems. Good news for Israeli hawks.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    What’s good for the majority of citizens of the USA, should be the Focus of any and all decisions made by “OUR” elected officials. Sadly this is not the case, and has not been for many decades. When those we elect begin to Focus their priorities upon building “OUR NATION” into that place where “our dreams” become a reality (not just theirs and their cronies), then as a Nation we will begin to become United once again. The “people” are no longer in power, “money” is. What is good for the people and the nation as a whole, no longer seems to be the Focus; instead it has become power, ego and gains for a limited group (greater than 1%). Even Obama, the man who claims to be a “Champion” for the people; he has fallen into the cesspool of money, power and political poison.

    Take a good look at the USA, where are we heading? Where is the World heading? How much Free time do you have to spend with your family, or doing what you want? Is the “DREAM” becoming a reality or is your life consumed trying to stay above water? What are “our leaders” doing to make “our lives”, “our nation” the place where we can attain “our dreams”? Honestly, not a whole lot. We’ve been focused on controlling the rest of the world for so long, our nation has become secondary and it shows. They keep telling us that all they were doing was to make us stronger, make our lives better; well, it apparently hasn’t worked.

    So while our leaders and people debate this deal with Iran, our nation continues to sink further, but the what the heck, we can just forget about it all by watching a sporting event, having a few drinks, smoking some weed, playing video games or watching a reality show. At least those of us who can afford those things can. The others, they’ll stand on the side of the road, asking for donations, or living in their tent or box behind some house of worship or along some highway, maybe in an abandoned storefront, house or their car; if they’re lucky enough to have one. While 100’s of millions (eventually Billions $$) are spent on political posturing, millions of people in “this nation” struggle to get by every day. They make compromises on their health because they cannot afford the care they need. They go without enough food, clean clothes, a warm safe place to lay their head down at the end of the day.

    In closing: There are too many people on the planet. Too many are living in areas that were not and should not be supporting the numbers that they currently do (which though the brilliance of humankind continues to become worse). The scale of balance is not tipping either direction, it just continues to become heavier and heavier on both ends and eventually it will break in the middle.

  • charleo1

    Sen. Schumer’s decision to vote to reject the nuclear limitation deal was extremely disappointing, and concerning on a number of levels. First, his reason for doing so. In his statement he essentially underpinned his major objection to the deal on the fact he, one neither likes, nor, trusts the Islamic State. And secondly, doesn’t believe they’ll change their terror sponsoring ways. And three, doesn’t believe the inspection regime is tough enough, or the IAEA is competent enough to enforce the inspections, if they were. So, at the end of the day, Schumer, offers no alternatives. Admits that having no inspections, will leave us once again in the dark speculating on whether to attack, or wait. And also acknowledges the long odds on keeping the current sanctions in place, if the deal is eventually rejected. And, seems to allude to some type of, “secondary sanctions.” It is unclear if the Senator envisions these secondary sanctions placed on Iran, or countries other than Iran for doing business with them. Or what the Senator actually means here. He didn’t expand on that. Or much else. But what a feather in the cap of Republicans, to have knocked off the anointed future Leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate on such an huge foreign policy matter for the President.

    Which brings to fore the second extremely disappointing, and maddeningly frustrating political aspect of all this for the Democratic rank and file, base. How often have we seen this very thing in the Senate? On healthcare reform, gun control, infrastructure, job bills, financial reform, efforts to regain some control over campaign finance? All bills passed in House, that Republicans managed to defeat in a Senate filled with Democrats. By invoking the filibuster, and picking off 2 or 3 weak kneed Dems. to prevent couture. The heart of Democrats frustration, and the bane of effective functional gov. And now this by Chuck Schumer? Maybe he’s not the Democrat that should be leading the fight with a radical Right Wing in the Senate? That’s my thoughts.

    • John Murchison

      Chuck is wholly beholden to the Jewish Lobby. Chuck looks tired.

      • charleo1

        I don’t doubt Senator Schumer is any different when it comes to being influenced by this to that lobby group. But, it seems there must be a time when leaders, in order to be leaders, must at the end of the day, say no for the good of the Country. This is why I am very concerned about the prospect of Chuck Schumer replacing Harry Reid, as Democratic Leader of the Senate.

        • John Murchison

          I suppose he is no different than any other pol. But then again its not just any pol that can be a Senate Leader. I expected more.

          • charleo1

            I totally agree, John.

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  • mannapat

    So what is behind Schumer’s refusal to vote for peace? Is it a wish for war with Iran? Or greed from the war-mongering lobbyists? I doubt it’s stupidity. Or maybe it’s simply to support Netanyahu and a war-like Israel. So, is it his religion? His stated reasons just don’t make sense. Does he want Americans to support his war of choice to support his religion? I bet it’s money, and a thirst for power.

    People of New York wake up. You can do much better than Schumer, who appears to be a toady of Netanyahu, and wants to take America into yet another war. If he wants to act like a republican, let the Republicans vote for him. And he expects to be leader of the Senate? Democrats – wake up!