The Morning Joe roundtable had some fun with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer Wednesday morning after he noted the Iranians were selling a somewhat different version of the Iran nuclear framework to its people than what the Americans said they had negotiated.
This criticism arose almost immediately after the deal was presented, implying the U.S. is misrepresenting the substance of a deal that’s much friendlier to Iran than they want to admit.
Fleischer said that the differences were more than a matter of framing, citing the issue of sanctions, which the Iranians declared would be lifted wholly and immediately, and the U.S. said would be removed incrementally.
“We’re the ones and the international community are the ones instituting the sanctions,” White House Press Secretary for a different president Robert Gibbs said. “They may be telling their people in Tehran ‘the sanctions come off automatically.’ If they got to decide the sanctions, they wouldn’t be worried about either the sanctions or a run up to a nuclear weapon.”
Fleischer wasn’t buying it. “I’m interpreting what you’re saying as, ‘Let’s go to war,'” host Mika Brzezinski said.
Fleischer denied this and insisted the discrepancies between understandings of the deal were crucial, which host Joe Scarborough pointed out was why it was a framework, not a final deal.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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