RALEIGH — Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation reacted swiftly to the Obama administration’s announcement of a deal reached in Vienna to try to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capability. Five House members and Sen. Thom Tillis (R) had commented by noon.
Rep. David Price, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and Rep. Alma Adams — the state’s only Democrats in Congress — had not reacted by noon.
Sen. Thom Tillis tweeted the following this morning:
The lasting legacy of the #IranDeal will be the birth of a nuclear arms race, plunging the Middle East into further chaos.
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) July 14, 2015
He later issued a full statement that read in part:
“President Obama has staked his legacy on reaching any deal with Iran without any regard for how dangerous and destabilizing the final accord will be for the United States, Israel, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. The President has turned his back on decades of assurances from previous administrations of both parties that Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons. He has willfully ignored forty years of hostility from Tehran.
“The unrelenting attempt to boost his legacy has created a gross lack of discernment,” Walker said.
His full remarks can be viewed here.
Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted:
Rep. Richard Hudson released a full statement at 10:36 a.m. saying he feared the deal would “turn the most brutal and anti-American nation in the world into a nuclear power, plunge the Middle East into a nuclear arms race and threaten the security of the entire world.” Hudson then followed that up with a tweet aimed at President Obama:
— Richard Hudson (@RepRichHudson) July 14, 2015
Rep. Patrick McHenry, Republicans’ Chief Deputy Whip, released a statement saying it “leaves me deeply concerned that the effort to find a deal has led this Administration to a bad one.”
— Patrick McHenry (@PatrickMcHenry) July 14, 2015
Rep. Robert Pittenger released a photo of himself reading through the deal:
— Rep Robert Pittenger (@reppittenger) July 14, 2015