At President Obama’s Monday news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he felt the need to take a shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his upcoming visit to speak before Congress at the request of House Speaker John Boehner.
The administration steadfastly disapproves of Netanyahu’s March visit, but saw no problem sending Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister’s election opponent, Isaac Herzog.
During the president’s comments about the pending Iranian nuclear deal, Obama jabbed Bibi for breaking protocol of foreign speakers visiting while their political election is imminent. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell loved the snide comment and cheered Obama for it.
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“He was asked about this very controversial visit by Benjamin Netanyahu two weeks before an Israeli election,” she said. “And the president very pointedly said, ‘We have this protocol. We don’t invite leaders. If Angela Merkel had an election in two weeks she wouldn’t be here right now and my bet is she wouldn’t have asked to come.’”
Mitchell then grinned and said: “Take that, Bibi.”
Mitchell’s guest, Mark Landler of The New York Times, agreed with her, saying that Obama’s comments were “a definite swipe at Bibi” as his appearance in front of Congress could be seen as “diplomatic bad manners.”
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President Obama has said he will not meet with Bibi, citing a desire to stay impartial.
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