Cotton: Obama taps ‘yes men and fan boys’ for national security
© Greg Nash

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonLawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Five things to know about Iran's breaches of the nuclear deal Hillicon Valley: Trump gets pushback after reversing course on Huawei | China installing surveillance apps on visitors' phones | Internet provider Cloudflare suffers outage | Consumer groups look to stop Facebook cryptocurrency MORE (R-Ark.) on Tuesday mocked the credentials of President Obama’s national security team.

“Some of the coverage of Ben Rhodes is what happens when you put van drivers and campaign flaks and failed novelists in charge of foreign policy and national security,” he said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio broadcast, referencing Obama’s deputy national security adviser.


“You know, most of who’s left in the administration now are all these yes men and fan boys who were van drivers or press flaks for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump struggles to win over voters reaping economic boom Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2008,” Cotton added, recalling Obama’s first presidential campaign.

“As if any of them have ever seen anything more dangerous than a shoving match when they were playing beer pong in the back of a bar in Georgetown.”

Rhodes outraged both media members and the foreign policy establishment in a New York Times Magazine profile released earlier this month. He said in the controversial article that he “created an echo chamber” of support for Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran last year.

He also mocked the credibility of the press corps, arguing that the average White House reporter is “27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns.”

Cotton on Tuesday said Rhodes’s disdain shows the Obama administration adviser lacks the seriousness for crafting foreign policy.

“That chump may think that subsidizing Iran’s nuclear program with millions of dollars is a laughing matter,” he said. "I don’t think it’s that funny.

“And if he or anyone else over there had ever been man enough to put on the uniform and pick up the rifle, and had to lead men in dodging Iranian-made bombs, they might not be laughing, either,” added Cotton, who toured both Afghanistan and Iraq in the Army.

Cotton added that the Obama administration continues to deceive voters about the benefits Iran receives from its nuclear pact with the U.S.

“This administration has a pattern of telling the truth in classified settings, and then misleading or misinforming the American people in public settings,” he said, citing economic sanctions relief for Iran.

“And it’s time that the administration came clean and tell the American people what they tell Congress in a classified setting. And the fact of the matter is the amount of sanctions relief is a lot closer to $150 billion than it is to $3 billion.”

GOP Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby MORE (Ill.), John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (Texas) and John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator EPA hails Trump's work on reducing air pollution House passes bill to crack down on toxic 'forever chemicals' MORE (Wyo.) on Monday demanded that Obama fire Rhodes over his recent remarks.

Reports emerged the same day that Rhodes would decline a congressional invitation to discuss his remarks about the Iran deal later this week.