Obama Signs Ted Cruz’s Law Banning Iran’s Terrorist UN Ambassador From Entering Country — But Then Says He Won’t Enforce It
This week, President Obama finally did something many conservatives agreed with. Then he had to go mess it up (emphasis added):
President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won’t enforce it.
Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. “Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation,” Obama said in his signing statement.
“Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, “curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution.” I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion.”
In 2012, The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake noted that before taking the land’s highest political office, Obama opposed signing statements that violate bills being signed into law. Looks like, yet again, “Hope & Change” Hope&Change is thrown under the bus for political convenience.
Cruz published a column in Politico praising the president’s signature, but never mentioned how Obama is going to ignore the law. It will be interesting to see if he will address the signing statement.