NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a major blow for President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
Chuck Schumer has finally come out against it, but the White House isn’t taking it lying down and may be behind an attempt to injure New York’s senior senator, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
Schumer’s decision to oppose Obama’s controversial deal with Iran is winning praise from Jewish groups.
“We welcome it. We think it is a very important statement. Senator Schumer is a leader in the Senate,” said Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
However, the decision infuriated the White House, which according to sources is not taking the defection lying down.
Sources told Kramer that Schumer had not planned to make his decision public until after he told Senate colleagues, but after he told the president, the White House leaked it to the media in the middle of the GOP presidential debate in an apparent attempt to limit coverage, Kramer reported.
The White House is also believed to be behind a donor strike against Schumer by the liberal group moveon.org.
“We could be starting down the path to a new war in the Middle East and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer is to blame,” the group said in asking is members to withhold $10 million in donations from Schumer and other Democrats who oppose the deal.