Obama Orders Top Officials Out Of Netanyahu Speech
Both Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power were called into a video conference with President Obama just before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the podium at the United Nations, Breitbart reports.
In a statement to the conservative news outlet, a State Department official said both Kerry and Power met with Obama in a video teleconference and were unable to attend the speech, but not to worry — there was a slew of other U.S. representatives present, such as Ambassador David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and Ambassador Richard Erdman, Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly.
Yet, it’s hard not to imagine that there was something more to the decision to pull out the high-ranking officials other than just extremely horrible timing, especially in light of Obama and Netanyahu’s relationship that is growing colder by the day. And it’s too bad Kerry wasn’t there to hear the powerful speech the prime minister delivered. And maybe that was the point, as Netanyahu was less than subtle at expressing his displeasure with the Iran deal.
“Seventy years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran’s leaders promise to destroy my country, murder my people and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here, has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence,” Netanyahu said, before he remained silent for a full 45 seconds to emphasize his point.
You could hear a pin drop… but Kerry couldn’t.