Did Obama tell Black Caucus members to boycott Netanyahu speech?

Did Obama tell Black Caucus members to boycott Netanyahu speech?

Two prominent black Democrats in the House of Representatives are vowing to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month, a move that a White House insider says was put in motion by the Obama administration.

John Lewis of Georgia and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina both said Friday that they disapproved when House Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress on March 3 without consulting President Barack Obama first.

That disapproval apparently was orchestrated, or at least strongly encouraged, by the White House through communications with lawmakers connected to the Congressional Black Caucus. …

‘…yeah, the White House sent a message to some at the CBC that they should suddenly be very upset about the speech.’ …

Butterfield’s spokeswoman Kezmiché Atterbury denied it on Friday afternoon, saying he ‘was not asked by anyone at the White House or otherwise’ to skip Netanyahu’s planned address. …

But Lewis’s spokeswoman Brenda Jones wouldn’t deny it after repeated requests.

‘I have no comment for you,’ she finally said in an email, adding separately that ‘my boss does not speak for the CBC.’

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