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Bobby Jindal: Obama Not Fighting ISIS Might Be Linked To His Desire To Get Iran Deal

"What I worry about is that this president's hesitancy in going all the way and defeating ISIS may be linked...to his overarching desire to get a deal with Iran."

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he believes, but cannot prove, that the reason President Obama is not fighting the Islamic State might be his desire to get a nuclear deal with Iran.

"I worry that this president's desire to get a deal -- even if it's a bad deal -- I worry if he wants a bad deal greater than no deal," Jindal said on NewsMaxTV's Midpoint program on Friday. "Let's be clear, a nuclear armed Iran is a threat, not only to Israel and our European allies, it's a threat, an existential threat to the United States as well and it won't stop with Iran. I believe the Egyptians, I believe Turkey, I believe the Saudis all will want a nuclear weapon as well. And I believe that some of those countries may already have a deal with Pakistan to buy that technology if they need to. So now you've got multiple countries in the Middle East nuclear armed."

"What I worry about is that this president's hesitancy in going all the way and defeating ISIS may be linked -- I can't prove that, I suspect that from his actions, his rhetoric —may be linked to his overarching desire to get a deal with Iran."

Jindal is often mentioned as a Republican presidential hopeful in 2016 and said in the interview he was "thinking and praying" about a possible run.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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