Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called President Obama "a moron" for negotiating with Iran over their nuclear program. The former mayor also drew a contrast between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who he described as "a patriot."
"The president reformer who runs Iran, Rouhani, in '03 and '05, continued to enrich uranium while they had a standstill agreement with us," Giuliani told the Iranian American Community of Arizona at a speech last week during their February symposium on "countering Islamic fundamentalist nuclear-armed Iran."
"He did it secretly, and bragged about it, and we're negotiating with them," he continued. "This is like playing poker with a guy who cheated you twice before. You know who does that, a moron. An agreement with Iran with regard to nuclear power should be very simple. Iran should not be allowed to have any form of nuclear power."
Giuliani later took aim at Democrats and the White House who have alleged that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress next month is a violation of protocol. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress without first informing the White House or Democrats.
The former mayor said Netanyahu was "a patriot" who protects his people, "unlike our president."
"And we are upset that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to come here and defend his country," Giuliani said. "When someone who is a few hundred miles away wants nuclear weapons and has threatened to destroy his country of six or seven million people? It's smaller than New York City. Believe me. When I was mayor of New York, if someone threatened to destroy New York City, I would go anywhere, any place, any time, and I wouldn't give a damn what the president of the United States thought, to defend my country. That is a patriot. That's a man who loves his people. That's a man who protects his people. That's a man who fights for his people. Unlike our president."
Giuliani said "the president isn't doing" what is necessary to stop future deaths like the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 and American hostage Kayla Mueller. He added that Congress must stop the president from selling out to Iran, like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sold Czechoslovakia out to Adolf Hitler.
"And I implore our Congress to stop this weak president, for doing things that will be so difficult to reverse. That even if the next president were a Ronald Reagan, it might be difficult to reverse. After all, we are never going to bring Kayla Mueller back to life. And we are never going to bring those people there back to life. And I am never going to have my ten close friends that I lost on September 11th, who were killed by Islamic extremist terrorists. I'm never going to have them ever again. And I'm never going to have my 343 firefighters. Never going to have them ever again. We can't bring them back, but we can make sure there aren't more of them. This president isn't doing it. This president is moving us in a much worse and really frightening direction. And Congress must stop it, and the people must stand up and say, no, no, no. We will not sell out to Iran the way Chamberlain sold out to Hitler. No!"
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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