Michele Bachmann said President Obama should apologize to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a remark Obama reportedly made during a G20 event last week.
“Today we learned in word what we have already seen from President Obama through his actions, his lack of commitment to the nation of Israel,” Bachmann said, according to ABC News. “When the president complains about his relationship derisively with the prime minister as, ‘Having to deal with him every day,’ it is apparent that he is not committed to our ally Israel.”
During a break in G20 meetings in France last week, microphones caught a private conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Obama in which Sarkosy is reported to have said, “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.” Obama reportedly replied, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”
“I call on the president to immediately apologize to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and he should demonstrate leadership and demand that the French president do the same,” Bachmann said today.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on the matter during a Tuesday press briefing.
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