Boehner Snubs White House By Inviting Netanyahu To Address Congress
[su_right_ad]House Speaker John Boehner broke protocol and undermined the White House by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.
Netanyahu accepted the offer and will address a joint session on Feb. 11, according to a congressional aide who spoke on background because the Israeli Embassy has not yet made a public announcement.
Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Netanyahu to address the threats posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the rise of the Islamic State. The invite came a day after the president’s State of the Union Address in which Obama warned Congress against enacting new economic sanctions against Iran…
Invitations to foreign leaders to address Congress are often made in consultation with the White House and the State Department, but it is not required. Earnest said typically a country’s leader contacts the White House before planning a U.S. visit, but Boehner’s announcement was the first the White House had heard of Netanyahu’s address.
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