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Apr 7, 2015 10:05 AM

Obama: Walker approach on Iran deal would embolden enemies

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be taking a foolish approach if he follows through with vows to revoke a nuclear deal with Iran if elected president.

Obama was asked in an NPR News interview about Walker's recent comments that he would reject any deal Obama reaches on his first day if he wins the 2016 presidential race.

"I am confident that any president who gets elected will be knowledgeable enough about foreign policy and knowledgeable enough about the traditions and precedents of presidential power that they won't start calling to question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries," Obama said. "If that starts being questioned, that's going to be a problem for our friends and that's going to embolden our enemies. And it would be a foolish approach to take, and, you know, perhaps Mr. Walker, after he's taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way."

The Republican governor responded by accusing Obama of hurting America's safety and standing in the world.

"President Obama's failed leadership has put him at odds with many across the country, including members of his own party, and key allies around the world," Walker said in a statement issued by his political group, Our American Revival. "Americans would be better served by a president who spent more time working with governors and members of Congress rather than attacking them."


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