Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that the letter he spearheaded to Iranian leaders warning that any nuclear deal the Obama administration makes could be overturned by a future president had its desired effect.
“This president views Congress as an afterthought,” Cotton told Bloomberg reporters on Tuesday. “Iran’s leaders clearly have the message now, and I think it was important they got the message.”
Cotton added that he “absolutely” stands by his decision to send the letter, which was signed by 47 Republicans, despite a fair amount of criticism even within the Republican party. Democrats have loudly cried that the letter was a clear move to undermine the Obama administration.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) became one of the latest Republican lawmakers to suggest that sending the letter to the leaders may not have been the best approach. King said he did not have a problem with the content of the letter, just who received it. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) also said that he regretted who the letter was “addressed to” but not the “content of the letter.”
Cotton has repeatedly defended the letter, and spoken of his concern over Iran’s “growing dominance” in the Middle East. He cited Iranians’ control of Tehran, its capital city, as proof.