(CNSNews.com) – Days before the U.S. Congress votes on the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are scheduled to appear at a mass rally opposing the deal on Capitol Hill, organizers said Thursday.
Cruz said he had invited Trump to participate in the rally, and that Trump had accepted the invitation. At a presidential forum in New Hampshire early this month, Cruz described the agreement negotiated with Tehran as “the single greatest national security threat facing America.”
Trump told reporters in Greenville, South Carolina the planned protest would be “very big.”
“We are talking to Ted Cruz, he’s a friend of mine and a good guy, about doing something very big over the next two weeks in Washington,” he said.
“It’s essentially a protest against the totally incompetent deal that we’re making with Iran,” Trump added.
The September 9 event on Capitol Hill is being organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America.
Cruz’ campaign said the rally would “call on members of Congress to defeat the catastrophic deal that the Obama administration has struck with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Roll Call reported.
In Greenville, Trump criticized several aspects of the nuclear agreement, including the unfreezing of billions of dollars for the regime, a 24-day notice period before inspectors can visit undeclared nuclear sites, and the administration’s decision not to tie the agreement with the freeing of four Americans held in Iran.
One of them, he said in reference to Pastor Saeed Abedini, is imprisoned “because he’s a minister, because he’s a pastor, because he’s a Christian.”
The others are former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and the missing retired FBI agent, Bob Levinson.
“Why aren’t they releasing our prisoners?” Trump asked. “Why didn’t [Secretary of State John] Kerry say, ‘By the way, before we begin, release our prisoners?’”
“That should have happened two years ago,” he added.
Trump was scathing about the administration’s negotiating skills.
“We don’t have people who know anything about negotiation,” he said. “Whether it’s – by the way you can go back to the Iran deal, you can go back to trade deals. We don’t have anybody in this country who knows what they’re doing in terms of negotiation. We have a president who doesn’t have a clue, and that’s going to all change. Our country will be great again – that I can tell you.”
Congress is expected to vote on a joint resolution to disapprove the Iran agreement by mid-September. Although it’s expected to pass, in the Senate the deal’s supporters are just a handful of votes away from winning enough support to sustain a presidential veto of the disapproval motion.