President Donald Trump was correct to put Iran on notice over its ballistic missile tests, as he's letting the Middle Eastern nation "know he is not the pushover his predecessor was," Sen. Orrin Hatch said Thursday.
"I can't think of a worse agreement than what was entered into between Iran and the United States under the previous administration," the Utah Republican, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and sits on Judiciary, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.
"It's just awful."
Hatch himself pushed back at Democrats this week, after committee members did not show up on Tuesday to vote for Trump's nominees to head Health and Human Services and Treasury.
On Wednesday, Hatch pushed for the Treasury committee to suspend committee rules and voted on the nominees, even though no Democrats were present.
"The poor souls decided not to show up the day before, decided not to show up that day," said Hatch. "We used the rules in an appropriate manner to put the two of them out onto the floor.
"I presume the Democrats will do everything they can to stop them from going through on the floor and it is really pathetic what they are doing here, because we immediately helped President [Barack] Obama to have who he needed, President [Bill] Clinton to have who he needed within a relatively short period of time."
But Trump is in his second week and "they are still playing all these games with these nominees, and they are excellent nominees," said Hatch. "They are coming up with phony arguments and everything else.
"Now, we were prepared to sit and listen to them all day yesterday if necessary. They refused to even come. You can't let that go and you can't let them get away with that kind of crap."
There were extensive hearings on both nominees, where Democrats could ask any question, but now they're "trying to say some of the most picky things you've ever seen," Hatch said.
"Give me a break. They would go on and on and on without getting anything done if they had their way. I won't permit that as chairman of the committee and I don't think they would permit it if we were doing the same thing. "
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