Sen. Chris Murphy is warning that a congressional rejection of the Iran nuclear deal would be an “absolute blow” to presidential legitimacy on the world stage for years to come.
“This would be an absolute blow to the legitimacy of this president, and of any president to negotiate a diplomatic agreement,” the Connecticut Democrat said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“This is an exceptional moment where you have the United States, our European partners, Russia and China all agreeing on a path forward, and if the United States congress was to override that, I don’t know how any president in the future can ever sit across our allies and adversaries and negotiate a deal.”
Murphy chided Republicans for a “casualness of opposition” given those consequences and questioned whether the party believes in diplomacy.
“Republicans in Congress just simply don’t believe in the legitimacy of diplomacy as a tool in the toolkit of the American president,” he said.
“They do zero oversight on our war we are fighting right now against ISIS, military engagement in the Middle East, but they do oodles of oversight on a diplomatic agreement with Iran.”
Lawmakers are just beginning what’s likely to be a polarized debate over the controversial nuclear deal. Congress has the power to reject the deal, but that would have to overcome a presidential veto—so two-thirds of Congress would have to band together against it.