Psaki on Planned Netanyahu Speech: 'Process Bordered on the Bizarre'
Megyn Kelly tonight questioned State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki over the controversy surrounding John Boehner’s invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry is reportedly upset by the “breach of diplomatic protocol,” according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported:
Secretary of State John F. Kerry has made nearly 50 calls in the past month to world leaders on issues such issues as the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Palestine and a probe by the International Criminal Court.
“The bilateral relationship is unshakable,” said a source close to Kerry. “But playing politics with that relationship could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender.”
Kelly asked: Is that how Kerry feels?
“Certainly, he felt as we all did,” Psaki said. “The way this process went down borders on the bizarre.”
Kelly also asked Psaki about reports of a proposed prisoner swap between Qatar and the U.S. which would have released al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Al-Marri in exchange for American couple Matt and Grace Huang. Al-Marri and the Huangs were all recently released.
“That’s not something we would consider,” Psaki said of the swap, explaining that the Huangs were released by Qatari officials for a lack of forensic evidence.
Kelly asked: are you ruling out that this swap was ever suggested?
“I’m not in a position to confirm everything that's mentioned at any point in time,” Psaki responded.
Psaki also weighed in on the unrest in Yemen, where she said “there’s been a great deal of unacceptable violence, rhetoric.”
“We don’t know yet what's going to happen there,” she admitted.
Watch the interview above.