Rep. Ryan: Inviting Netanyahu To Address Congress "Totally Appropriate"


CHUCK TODD: Is it appropriate for Congress to invite a world leader to address them without telling the president?

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI): I think it's fine.

TODD: Do you think the Netanyahu thing -- do you think that this was sort of getting involved in foreign policy in a way that maybe the legislative branch shouldn't have done that to the executive?

RYAN: So, look at the Constitution. These are three separate but equal branches of government. We don't subserve one to the other.

TODD: This hasn't happened before.

RYAN: Well, I don't know. You could probably go back into history and maybe find an example. Do I think it's wholly appropriate that the speaker of the House of a separate but equal branch of government is free to invite a foreign leader to address us? Absolutely.

TODD: To antagonize the relationship though between the two sides, is that worth doing?

RYAN: I don't know if I would say it's antagonizing. I think we would like to hear from the leader of Israel about his thoughts on Iran. By the way, the president's policies with Iran have bipartisan concern. A huge bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate are very worried about the handling of these negotiations, Iran playing us and the delay of these negotiations. So, I would argue that there is concern on both sides of the aisle about how the president is handling this situation, and I think it is totally appropriate that we have Bibi Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, come and address us with his thoughts.

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