GOP senator behind Iran letter to meet with defense industry lobbyists
A freshman Republican senator who organized a controversial open letter to Iranian leaders will meet Tuesday with lobbyists for defense contractors.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) initiated the letter, signed by 47 Republican senators, that warned officials from the Islamic Republic that any nuclear deal reached with President Barack Obama could expire when he leaves office in 2017.
“The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” said the letter sent Monday and signed by several likely GOP presidential candidates.
Cotton is scheduled to appear at an “Off the Record and strictly Non-Attribution” event with the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying group for defense contractors, less than 24 hours after the letter was sent, reported The Intercept.
The first-term senator is known as a foreign policy hawk, particularly on Iran.
Cotton said in December that Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52 bombers and “bunker-buster” bombs – which are manufactured by NDIA member Boeing – for a possible military strike on Iran.
Other NDIA members include Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, ManTech International, Oshkosh Defense, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The lobbying group’s director of legislative policy said it was “highly likely” that Cotton would discuss the Iran letter during the meeting.
The meeting was scheduled in January, said NDIA spokesman Jimmy Thomas, but he said the group tends to “bring people to the platform that have influence directly on our issues.”