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July 19, 2015 10:56 pm

Reporter Challenges White House Over Claim of ’99 Percent’ Support for Iran Nuclear Deal (VIDEO)

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest  said that 99 percent of the world supported the nuclear deal with Iran. Photo: Screenshot.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated the claim that 99 percent of the world supports the nuclear deal with Iran. Photo: Screenshot.

ABC reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday questioned White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about President Obama’s claim that 99 percent of the world backs the nuclear deal with Iran reached last week.

After Karl asked Earnest during a press briefing to explain how the White House had arrived at the number, the press secretary claimed that when considering the populations of the countries represented in the nuclear deal, “99 percent of the world” sides with the U.S. about the agreement.

Karl then pushed Earnest further on the figure and asked if the White House had taken into consideration the number of U.S. allies in the Middle East that would be directly affected the most by the nuclear deal. In response, Earnest said that each country should “speak for themselves.”

The press secretary then read out a statement from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister about how the country welcomed discussions between the world powers and Iran. When Karl asked if Earnest was implying that Saudi Arabia supported the nuclear deal, he again said that each country would need to answer for themselves.

Karl then listed a number of U.S. allies in the region and asked if Earnest would comment on their support for the deal. Earnest declined to respond further, but said regarding Israel that the Jewish state has “made pretty clear” that they are against the agreement.

Watch the exchange between ABC reporter Jon Karl and Press Secretary Josh Earnest in the video below:

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  • Lyone

    You KNOW things are bad when the Saudis want to sit down with the Israelis to work something out together.

  • Mike J.

    99% approval sound like something a South American dictator would say.

  • G Bernstein

    Is there a latter day Halderman and Erlichman operating in the administration, blockng information reaching the POTUS that would distress him? If not, then the POTUS is a malignant fool, determined to pursue a course that will damage his own country even further than he already has done, the west and the USA’s allies in the middle east.

  • Michael Fox

    If I didn’t know better I would swear that President Obama had the lead role in televisions latest reality mini series, The Black and White House. He would be amusing if his authority was not so dangerous.
    The voters have spoken. They have twice elected Dr Shuck N Jive, an actor/comedian and occasional snake oil salesman, President of the United States. As my dear mom was fond of saying to her young son whose decisions were not always in his best interest….. choices and consequences.

  • LibSick

    Where will obma be when the nukes start flying? Aboard Air Force One (and Mochelle will be aboard Air Force Two), flying off to Kenya, or wherever he will be safe, with his millions, from the fallout.

  • DockyWocky

    The point where even the press secretaries have to be Olympic grade liars has been reached in the Obama administration.

  • OBama seems not to be too elated until he destroys the world. The US has caved in to Iranian demands
    while Iran has not given up anything that will portend for peace in this world
    Are there no sane people left in this world who will refute obama’s ill-conceived plans?
    If obama is unhappy let him leave the lesdership (HA, HA) and retire from his presidency. He is not too smart. He is VISCIOUS.

  • Poor Josh: what else can he say? He has to dance to the tune, however ungainly the dance.

  • Paul Winter

    Obama’s threat to veto Congressional opposition to his sell-out of the USA and its allies gives the lie to the White House’s claim that 99% of the world supports his treacherous surrender to a weak, evil, antidemocratic, theocracy.

  • marta mikey frid

    I would not like to be in Josh Earnest’s shoes to defend this administration

  • Lauren Goldman

    Maybe it is a misquote, perhaps is should read; Obama is hoping that there is a 99 percent chance that iran will use nuclear weapons on Israel.


    It sounds like Josh is sadly less than earnest in his responses to the reporter’s questions. There is a Goebbels-like ring of contemptuousness in his statements.

  • steven L

    Rule nb I: deceive
    Rule nb 2: deceive
    Rule nb 3: deceive
    Rules nb 4, 5 & 6: demonize.

    99% = the 5 + 1.

  • rachel robinson

    “The press secretary then read out a statement from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister about how the country welcomed discussions between the world powers and Iran. ” He is so loyal to his boss that he does exactly what his boss does: HE LIES!!The Saudis do not support this $hittY deal, they are even contacting Israel, which never happened before.