Poll blow to Obama’s Iran deal as Kerry stumbles before Congress: Majority of Americans want lawmakers to block nuclear treaty
Under pressure: John Kerry lost patience and was shouted at during the four-hour committee hearing
- The four-hour hearing turned testy with some Republican House members shouting at Kerry, and even Democrats took a critical tone
- Kerry visibly lost patience at times as lawmakers talked over him
- Early White House efforts to persuade lawmakers to support the accord hit by CNN poll blow which found 52 per cent of Americans oppose deal
- The Republican-controlled Congress has until September 17 either to endorse or reject the agreement
Hours after a poll came out showing that most Americans want Congress to block the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before a House committee as part of a White House led effort to convince lawmakers otherwise.
Battle-hardened from years of negotiations with Iranians, Kerry sharpened his response to U.S. congressional criticism that the deal’s provisions were temporary and would not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in the long run or financing terrorist attacks on Israel.
The four-hour hearing turned testy. Some Republican House members shouted at Kerry, days after Senate Republicans accused him of having been ‘bamboozled’ or ‘fleeced’ during the talks, and even some Democrats took a critical tone toward the cabinet official.