WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today issued the following statement on President Obama’s comments to Russia President Dmitri Medvedev on request to delay national security matters until after his re-election:
“For all the favors President Obama could have asked of his Russian counterpart – help preventing a nuclear Iran, cutting off support for the regime in Syria, or solidarity on North Korea – he instead asked for patience to work on his re-election. In doing so, President Obama showed himself to be more politician than Commander-in-Chief.
“Instead of waiting for ‘flexibility,’ the President should be candid with the American people about his intentions with Russia after the election. The President’s misplaced fixation on politics certainly raises disconcerting questions about the role his campaign is playing in his policy decisions and how far he’ll go to get re-elected.”