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Fareed speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about the ongoing nuclear negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
Mr. President, you know that if President Barack Obama brings a nuclear deal to Congress, it is very likely that many people in Congress – his opposition, his conservative opposition – will denounce him as a traitor, as having sold out American security interests. What would be your advice to him? How should he sell the deal in Washington if there is a deal?
I do not wish to give any advice vis-à-vis congress to President Obama. I am certain that they will work it out between themselves.
But you know that it’s very unlikely that Congress will lift the sanctions by law that they have enacted, and so you will have to accept presidential waivers. Is that a compromise you are willing to accept?
Sir, we have nothing to do with the domestic affairs of countries. Whatever the interaction may be between the executive branch and the legislative branch in America, it is none of our business. Our counterpart is not the U.S. congress, it is the U.S. executive branch. It is the administration. We will reach an agreement, God willing, if it is meant to be so, with the administration. And then President Obama’s administration has to work its own problems out with its Congress.