Barack Obama chides Scott Walker: He needs to "bone up on foreign policy"

Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the Iran nuclear deal

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published April 7, 2015 4:40PM (EDT)
Scott Walker                                    (Jeff Malet,
Scott Walker (Jeff Malet,

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep posted on Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama chided Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his suggestion that he would revoke a nuclear agreement with Iran on the first day of his presidency, should he be elected.

"It would be a foolish approach to take," said Obama. "And perhaps Mr. Walker -- after he's taken some time to bone up on foreign policy -- will feel the same way."

"I am confident that any president who gets elected will be knowledgeable enough about foreign policy and knowledgeable enough about the traditions and precedents of presidential power that they won't start calling [into] question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries," Obama continued. "If that starts being questioned, that's going to be a problem for our friends and that's going to embolden our enemies."

Walker responded to Obama's comments on Tuesday:

"President Obama's failed leadership has put him at odds with many across the country, including members of his own party, and key allies around the world. Americans would be better served by a president who spent more time working with governors and members of Congress rather than attacking them. Whether it is cutting a bad deal with Iran, calling ISIS the JV squad, or touting Yemen as a success story, Obama's lack of leadership has hurt America's safety and standing in the world.

Watch the full interview below:

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