On his first day in Ethiopia, President Obama turned heads with his direct condemnation of Mike Huckabee’s recent remarks, saying the President is trying to push Israel into the “door of the oven” in regards to the nuclear deal with Iran.
“The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern we’ve seen that is — that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” the president said during a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry ‘Pontius Pilate.’ We’ve had a sitting senator — who also happens to be running for president — suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican party.”
“Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines but it’s not the kind of leadership that’s needed for America right now,” the President added.
In an interview with Breitbart News this Saturday, Huckabee compared the Iran deal to the Nazi Holocaust.
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee said. “He’s so naive he would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiot thing.”
A spokeswoman for Huckabee tweeted a response from the former Arkansas governor to the President’s criticism:
— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) July 27, 2015
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