White House’s @TheIranDeal Handle Gets Twitter Backlash
JNS.org – The White House is getting backlash over its opening of a new Twitter account dedicated to the recently reached nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Using the handle @TheIranDeal, U.S. government staffers say they are answering the public’s questions about the deal and are promising to “set the record straight.”
“It will distribute facts, engage online audiences, and be used as a forum by those involved in negotiating the agreement,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Opponents of the deal, in particular 2016 Republican presidential candidates, have responded vociferously to the new handle on Twitter. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted “*BLOCK*” after re-tweeting a post about the handle. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote, “.@TheIranDeal, why did you make a deal with United Nations before the US Congress? Shows us where your priorities are.”
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) tweeted, “Hey @TheIranDeal, 176 House members and counting are ready to vote you down. #yourmove.”