While discussing potential GOP 2015 candidates who claim they would reverse the nuclear deal with Iran if elected as president, President Obama took a jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
During an interview that aired on Tuesday, NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked Obama about Walker’s recent comment that he would “absolutely” withdraw from the nuclear deal “on day one” if he were elected president.
“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 into question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries,” Obama responded. “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.”
Walker responded to Obama’s comments on Twitter and in a Tuesday morning statement.
Americans would be better served by a President who spent more time working with governors & Congress rather than attacking them. – SKW
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) April 7, 2015
“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 the statement. “Americans would be better served by a president who spent more time working with governors and members of Congress rather than attacking them. Whether it is cutting a bad deal with Iran, calling ISIS the JV squad, or touting Yemen as a success story, Obama’s lack of leadership has hurt America’s safety and standing in the world.”
Watch Obama’s interview below via NPR. He is asked about Walker’s comments at the 18 minute mark.
This post has been updated.