House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressed skepticism on Monday of President Obama's assurances that the U.S. is willing to use military force to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapon capabilities.
Speaking on CNN's Starting Point, Cantor said Obama's speech at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, during which the president pledged to use “all elements of American power" to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, was a "positive step." But he remains concerned that the White House won't stay committed.
"What I'm concerned about is the commitment to follow through. We're seeing a White House whose commitment has not been consistent," he said.
He added: “There has been a lot of rhetoric coming out of the White House. But the follow-through is questionable.”
Cantor repeated his concerns on Fox News' Fox and Friends, where he also said there was bipartisan support in Congress for Israel to defend itself against threats.
"I know that that has always been the policy of this country. And I'm hopeful that this president will communicate to our ally and its prime minister, Prime Minister Netanyahu, that we intend to continue to support Israel's ability to secure itself," Cantor said.
Obama will be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today and Iran is expected to top the agenda. Israel has expressed that they will move forward with force against Iran if they feel it necessary, but U.S. officials have openly discouraged such a move.
Jonathan Miller contributed. contributed to this article.
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