Even though he clearly did.
Via Washington Examiner:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was left with the thankless task Thursday morning of explaining what President Obama meant when he said earlier this week that Iran’s “death to America” crowd shares “common cause” with Republicans.
Earnest’s go-to defense: To argue that Obama didn’t really say that Republicans who oppose the White House’s nuclear deal with Tehran share a “common cause” with Iranian extremists.
“I think what he did is make the point they are making the same argument that it’s hard-liners in Iran suggesting they should kill the deal and its Republicans here in Washington, D.C., suggesting the deal be killed,” Earnest said during an interview on MSNBC. “There’s no doubt they’re making the same argument.”
Contrary to the press secretary’s claims, however, Obama said quite clearly during a speech Wednesday at American University in Washington, D.C., that Iran’s “death to America” crowd shares “common cause” with Republicans.