Flashback: Obama Blasts Netanyahu for Traveling to US to Speak Out Against Iranian Deal

In an exclusive interview with Reuters in March 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke out against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled Iran speech before Congress.

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The Obama administration was very upset that Israeli leader was invited to speak before a joint session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear talks and the security of Israel.

The Obama White House reportedly told Black Caucus members to boycott Netanyahu’s speech.


Obama said:

I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu is sincere about his concerns with respect to Iran. And given Iran’s rhetoric, given the extraordinarily destructive and dangerous activities of this regime in the region, it’s understandable why Israel is very concerned about Iran. We are too… As a matter of policy we think it’s a mistake for the prime minister of any country to come to speak before Congress a few weeks before they are about to have an election. It makes it look like we are taking sides. I don’t think it’s permanently destructive. I think it is a distraction from what should be our focus.

But that was last year.
On Friday Barack Obama went to London and lectured Great Britain on leaving the EU.

Obama was asked about his hypocrisy of coming to lecture Great Britain on the upcoming Brexit vote in June.

ITV Reporter: British reporters in various degrees of politeness they have said to you that you should really keep your views to yourself. With that in mind, Mr. President, do you still think it was the right thing to intervene in this debate?… ANd what happens if the UK does decide in June to leave the European Union?

Barack Obama: This is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make. I am not coming here to fix any votes… Maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement but it’s not going to happen anytime soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big block the European Union to get a trade agreement done. And the UK is going to be in the back of the queue. Not because we have a special relationship but because given the heavy lift on any trade agreement, us having access to a big market with a lot of countries rather than trying to do piecemeal trade agreements is hugely inefficient.


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