Did the White House lie to us?

Here’s the exchange between White House press secretary Josh Earnest and reporters during a recent press conference when pressed about details on Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Corke: Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?

Earnest: No, Kevin. *PAUSE* Kevin, I think the facts of this agreement and the benefits of this agreement make clear that the national security of the United States of America has been enhanced. And Iran’s effort to acquire a nuclear weapon has been set back. . .The fact of the matter is, when you take a look at the concrete fact of this agreement, we have succeeded in making the United States safer.

Corke: I just want to make sure, I want to give you another run at it, because I’m not sure if you misquoted — I said: ‘Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration ever lied publicly about any aspect of the deal?’

Earnest: There’s no evidence that that ever occurred. And what I would encourage you and other critics of the deal to do is to look at the facts, and to look at the results. We can verify them now, and the facts are clear.


Those facts being summarized by NPR as:

1. It Would Curb Iran’s Nuclear Programs

2. But It Still Allows Iran To Continue Enrichment

3. The U.S. Says The Deal Makes An Iranian Nuclear Bomb More Difficult

4. If Iran Doesn’t Comply, Sanctions Can Return

5. It Sets Up A Comprehensive Inspections Regime

6. Congress Has To Approve The Deal

Now an interesting fact to note is that the claim was congress must APPROVE this deal right? Except the truth of the matter is that any resolution about the deal was to DISAPPROVE the deal. The NYT explained it well:

“Under the terms of legislation passed in May, Congress has 60 days to scrutinize the accord between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, and then to vote to accept or reject it — or to do nothing. The president can veto any resolution of disapproval. Congress needs a two-thirds majority in each house to override the veto, so to put the deal into force, Mr. Obama only needs one-third of one of the houses to stand with him.”

So which is it? Did congress APPROVE or were there just not enough who DISAPPROVED? Word games and manipulation seems to be constant when talking about this administration. Did someone lie to us or not?

H/T [Charlie Spierling]

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