Republicans are opening a new front in their campaign to undercut the Commander In Chief. Speaker of the House John Boehner will be going to Israel to meet with Netanyahu around the same time that the White House expects an agreement to be reached on Iran’s nuclear program.
Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed the visit, which will take place during the Easter recess and marks Boehner’s first trip to the nation since becoming Speaker. His last visit was in 2008.
“The Speaker will visit Israel during the next district work period. He looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel,” Smith said.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the speaker’s trip will begin March 31, and he’ll be leading a congressional delegation of Republican lawmakers.
Boehner’s visit will coincide with the when the White House anticipates that a deal will be reached with Iran on their nuclear program. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, “At the end of this month we would anticipate a political agreement.” A political agreement is not the same as a formal agreement. It is expected that the hammering out of key technical details will not be completed until June.
Given the fact that an agreement is expected to be reached by the end of the month, it’s clear why Boehner is going to meet Netanyahu. It is widely anticipated that Speaker of the House will stand on foreign soil and criticize the President Of The United States. Boehner’s actions will reflect those of a political party that has been unable to hide their contempt for the President Of The United States.
Rep. Boehner will be going to Israel in order to sow divide and discord. The Boehner trip will be the next move from Republicans who have sworn to oppose a peaceful and diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions at all costs. Beyond disrespecting the president, congressional Republicans are still frantically trying to assert their power over Obama. Speaker Boehner will be openly siding with a sworn enemy of diplomatic peace while undermining the foreign policy of the United States of America.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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