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Boehner mocks White House reaction to election

The leader of the US House of Representatives House on Thursday defended his invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress earlier this month and mocked the Obama administration’s chilly reaction to his election victory.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress on March 3, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington. Looking on are House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Orrin Hatch. (photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress on March 3, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington. Looking on are House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Orrin Hatch. (photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Asked by a reporter about the administration’s lukewarm response to Netanyahu’s win, Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, said, “Lukewarm?” and laughed heartily.

Netanyahu used his appearance before Congress, which was arranged by Republicans, to criticize an effort by the US to strike a deal with Iran aimed at curbing that nation’s nuclear program.

Boehner said he wanted to congratulate “my friend, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his party’s victory this week.”

He said Netanyahu recognizes “the grave threats that we face from radical Islam and from Iran.” He said the prime minister “was in the perfect position to help describe that threat to the American people and, for that matter, to the rest of the world.”

— AP

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