After President Obama announced Friday he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first communication between a U.S. president and the leader of the Islamic republic, Republicans pointedly noted that Mr. Obama hasn’t called House Speaker John A. Boehner this week.
It’s the latest sign of how badly Washington is getting along right now, and it follows a White House aide’s remarks earlier this week that compared Republicans to terrorists.
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“We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told CNN. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.”
Mr. Obama has accused Republicans of holding government spending, and by extension the U.S. economy, hostage to their demand that he halt his health care law.
The president has he won’t negotiate with them over the spending bills or the debt limit, which is the next fight looming in mid-October.
Republicans, though, say there must be conditions attached to both the spending bill and the debt limit increase.