Tied to Obama’s Pro-Iran ‘Echo Chamber’ Spread Terror Regime’s
Anti-Trump Talking Points
By Adam Kredo
May 22, 2019
cadre of former top Obama administration figures and their allies in Congress
have been working to amplify anti-Trump talking points issued by a senior
Iranian regime official in what sources have described as an effort by Obama's
pro-Iran echo chamber to drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his
national security team.
tensions mount between the United States and Iran, leading Democrats have become
embroiled in controversy for widely repeating anti-Trump talking points first
issued by Iran's hardline regime.
former top officials from the Obama administration have taken to social media
and other outlets to push a narrative that Trump is at odds with his hawkish
National Security Adviser John Bolton over how far to go in punishing Tehran for
its global support of terrorism and continued efforts to secure contested
effort to push this narrative to the media has gained steam following a war of
words between Trump and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is said to
have been in contact with top Democrats in Congress and their allies in the
Obama administration, sources said.
days after Zarif labeled Bolton and other top Trump national security officials
as the "B
Team," former top Obama aides Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl repeated this
rhetoric online in a series of postings bashingTrump.
Rhodes and Kahl are most well known as the creators of a pro-Iran "echo
chamber" that was used to mislead Congress and the American public about
the terms of the landmark nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned last year.
has become increasingly clear in recent days that these former officials and
their Democratic allies in Congress are seeking to build support for the United
States to reenter the Iran nuclear deal should a Democrat defeat Trump in the
next election, as the Washington Free Beacon has reported in past
direct line between Tehran and top Democrats spilled further into public view
last week when photographs from the cellphone of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D.,
Calif.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, showed that
she had been in contact with Zarif, a primary architect of the nuclear accord.
Photographs of Feinstein's phone showed a contact page with Zarif's information,
prompting her office to rebuff requests for explanation.
can't comment on who the senator does or doesn't speak with," Feinstein's
communication's director told Politico.
officials involved in the Iran debate expressed shock that leading Democrats
continue to boost Iran's anti-Trump threats. They view the network of former
officials and their allies as doing all they can to subvert Trump, even if it
means siding with the Iranian regime in the standoff between the two countries.
echo chamber and their pro-Iran deal allies in Congress are putting partisan
politics over country, and have the chutzpah to literally repeat the
Iranian regime's talking points," said one senior GOP congressional
official, who would speak only on background to discuss the growing divide.
truth is that, under Obama's disgraceful and dangerous nuclear deal, Iran got
access to over $100 billion in immediate sanctions and a green light to ramp up
its support for terrorism and militancy in the Middle East," the source
said. "Iran, under Obama's watch, joined forces with Russia to prop up
the Assad regime [in Syria], which repeatedly used chemical weapons and barrel
bombs on civilians and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of
Team Obama stood idly by as Iran-backed aggression ravaged the Middle East,
President Trump is maximizing coercive economic pressure on the Iranian regime
and deterring and punishing Iranian-backed aggression against American
interests," the official said.
Obama aides Rhodes and Kahl, along with other senior figures from the
administration, have continued to use their network of sympathetic writers and
liberal talking heads amplify the Iranian regime's rhetoric and build greater
anti-Trump fervor. This has emboldened the Iranian regime, which sees an
opportunity to drive a further wedge between U.S. political factions.
Secretary of State John Kerry, for instance, has engaged multiple times in
shadow diplomacy, meeting with
Zarif on several occasions to plot how Iran can salvage the nuclear deal and
retain its access to the billions in cash windfalls.
second senior Republican congressional official also involved in the Iran fight
said the deep ties between senior Iranian officials such as Zarif and top
Democrats is becoming increasingly clear.
few weeks ago no one up here was talking about Bolton being a warmonger or
anything like that," the source said. "It was all about Trump. Then
Zarif showed up in New York and gave them their ‘B Team' talking points, and
suddenly that's all you hear wall to wall. It would be obvious even if we didn't
know that senators have him on speed dial, but now there's photographic evidence
of that too."
Trump has made it increasingly clear that he is not seeking a military
confrontation with Iran, the hardline regime has sought to fan the flames by
issuing repeated military threats and using its terror proxy groups to conduct
attacks on U.S. coalition partners in the region.
Democratic leaders like Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) have said it is Trump who
for a confrontation with Iran."
gives new meaning to the phrase ‘Iran echo chamber'—these Democratic
operatives and members are truly echoing Iranian propaganda at the possible
expense of American lives," a third source who is also involved in the Iran
issue told the Free Beacon. "What is happening to the Democratic Party
when its leaders will side with terrorists over their own country? The new
scandal everyone should be talking about is the Iran Collusion Scandal—because
that's what's happening."