Earnest: Boehner 'Breached Protocol' by Inviting Israeli PM to Address Congress
It appears that the Obama administration may not be happy with a move House Speaker John Boehner has made.
Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress next month over the growing nuclear threat from Iran.
Fox News reported:
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people,” Boehner said in a statement. “In this time of challenge, I am asking the prime minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.”
Asked about the invite, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest described it as a breach of typical protocol since the White House wasn't involved. But he said the administration would reserve judgment until they speak with the Israelis.
On "The Real Story" Gretchen Carlson asked former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer today about the situation.
"As a White House guy, there's a lot about it I don't like," Fleischer said. "I do believe that you need to have a strong executive that runs foreign policy."
"But in the context of this, you have to understand how bad relations are between Israel and the United States principally between Netanyahu and Obama," he added.
Fleischer told Carlson that Iran is the central issue.
"I don't think that the president is handling Iran right," Fleischer shared. "He just keeps kicking it down the road trying to get past it in his presidency, while lives are at stake in Israel."
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