Graham: Congress should have ‘final say’ on Iran nuclear deal

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death MORE said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Congress should “have a final say” over any nuclear deal with Iran.

The South Carolina Republican, who just returned from a visit to the Middle East, told John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable on AM 970 in New York, said leaders in the region told him “it’s better to be an American enemy than it is to be her friend, because you [America] respect your enemies.”

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“And the Arabs told me, and the Israelis told me, that if you do a nuclear deal with Iran like we’re proposing – which is a North Korea in the making – then you’re going to have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” Graham said, according to a transcript.

Graham also said low oil prices by Saudi Arabia are “really designed to break the Iranians.”

“The Saudi Arabians told us in no uncertain terms that they will not sit on the sidelines and watch Iran get a nuclear capability without matching it – and that they are very disappointed in American leadership.”

Graham, who last week said he has established a “testing the waters committee” as he considers a 2016 presidential campaign, also said he supported Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to invite to the American congress to tell us about the situation Israel faces from being surrounded by radical Islamists,” Graham said. “I can’t think of a better person to explain the threats we face from a bad deal with Iran.”

The White House said Boehner breached protocol by inviting Netanyahu, who is expected to criticize Obama's efforts to broker a deal to ease sanctions in exchange for ending Iran's nuclear weapons program. President Obama will not meet with the Israeli prime minister, administration officials said, citing his visits proximity to elections in Israel.