McConnell: Obama facing 'hard sell' in Congress on Iran deal

McConnell: Obama facing 'hard sell' in Congress on Iran deal
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that President Obama faces an uphill battle getting congressional approval of a potential Iranian nuclear deal.


McConnell’s remarks come after repeated negotiating delays over a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

“It’s going to be a very hard sell,” McConnell told host Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I know there will be a strong pull not to go against the president on something that is so important to him,” he added. “But it is a very hard sell.”

McConnell argued on Sunday that the details of a framework agreement are not enough of a safeguard against Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

“We already know that it’s going to leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state,” he said. “We know that.”

“It appears the administration’s approach to this is to enter in any agreement Iran will get into,” McConnell added.

The Kentucky lawmaker also charged that lifting economic sanctions on Iran as part of the deal is a poor strategy for ensuring good behavior.

“We could have ratcheted up the sanctions even further because that’s what brought to the table in the first place,” McConnell said. “That’s why they were hurting.”

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds MORE is leading U.S. efforts at the bargaining table with Iran this weekend in Vienna. Negotiators from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are also working on a lasting accord with Tehran.

The Obama administration hopes Iran will slow or stop its nuclear arms research in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

Obama has long argued diplomacy is the best means for preventing an Iranian nuclear arsenal.

A provisional agreement is expected to be reached on Sunday, one day before a deadline on Monday.