Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
So after weeks of negotiation between the Speaker and Israel, after all the details had been worked out and agreed to by the PM, but at least 1 minute before the official invitation was issued, then accepted, the WH was made aware of this already done deal.....The process of inviting the Prime Minister was a coordinated effort between Speaker Boehner’s office and Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s office. Discussions began on the staff level late last year.
On January 8, Speaker Boehner called Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer to gauge the Prime Minister’s interest in an invitation – and we were informed that the Prime Minister was open in principle to an invitation. The Speaker made it clear that it was his prerogative to inform the White House. We then went about identifying potential dates for an address.
On the afternoon of January 20, the day of the State of the Union, we informed Ambassador Dermer of our intent to issue the invitation and our intent to notify the administration of the invitation. He accepted and acknowledged our intent to do so.
On the morning of January 21, after notifying the administration, the Speaker issued the invitation to the Prime Minister and announced it to the public.
- See more at: Background on Invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu | Speaker.gov
Boehner, and Dermer, and Netanyahu all knew exactly what they were doing - which was an intentional snub of the WH. The parties should at least be man enough to admit what's obvious to everyone.
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