White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is "pro-war."
Earnest said the gathering in opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran will be "a big pro-war rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol."
Pressed on the word choice, Earnest said, "if a military strike were required, particularly if the rest of the international community is frustrated that the United States abandoned a reasonable and even effective diplomatic solution, it's going to put us much closer to a military conflict, and once that military conflict starts, it's difficult to see where that path ends."
"I think it's clear from any scrutiny of their position, that the position that they advocate makes ... another war in the Middle East more likely," Earnest said of Cruz and Trump. "I didn't watch carefully the remarks that Sen. Cruz delivered at the last pro-war that he convened here. We'll all watch closely at the rally that they are convening on the steps of the Capitol, and you know, maybe they can try to prove us wrong."
The Sept. 9 rally against the Iran deal is being organized by the Tea Party Patriots, Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America, and it is expected to take place on the West Lawn, according to one of the groups in charge.
Overnight, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., became the 30th member of the Senate to announce support for the deal.
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