Barack Obama wants John McCain to leave John Kerry alone.
The president blasted the Arizona senator on Saturday for his recent comments questioning how forthcoming the secretary of state has been about what’s contained in the preliminary nuclear deal with Iran.
During a press conference in Panama City, Obama praised Kerry’s service to the country, noting that he’s a former senator and a Vietnam veteran.
For McCain (R-Ariz.) to imply that Kerry “is somehow less trustworthy in the interpretation of what’s in a political agreement than the supreme leader of Iran, that’s an indication of the degree to which partisanship has crossed all boundaries,” Obama said.
Earlier in the week, the Republican senator, who is also a Vietnam veteran, declared in an interview that when it came to the preliminary nuclear deal with Iran: “John Kerry is delusional.”
McCain, who lost the presidency to Obama in 2008, suggested that Kerry was being misleading about what was in the deal and that Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was right in raising questions about it.
“I think you’re going to find out that they had never agreed to the things that John Kerry claimed that they had,” the senator told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “So in a way, I can’t blame the ayatollah, because I don’t think they ever agreed to it, and I think John Kerry tried to come back and sell a bill of goods, hoping maybe that the Iranians wouldn’t say much about it.”