MSNBC's Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister's speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to "take power away from the president."
"This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president," Matthews said.
THOMAS ROBERTS, MSNBC: But as we look at the sanctions on Iran in the nuclear program, which Netanyahu brought up, they expire in roughly about ten years which clears the way for Iran to move forward with any of its initiatives. Do you think that this was -- is Netanyahu right, that the president can't be trusted on getting a secure deal out of Iran?
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HARDBALL HOST: Well, that's -- you know, I'll get to the heart of this speech now. This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. He said, 'You should trust me, not your president on this. I am the man you should trust, I'm your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself you must listen to me and not this president.'
It was a startling situation. To allow someone to come in, knowing that was going to be their message in the chamber of the U.S. Congress. This was a decision made by Boehner and certainly complied with by Netanyahu and his ambassador, Dermer. They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy today from the president.
It's a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen. Think it through. What country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy. And that's what the applause was about today. That was what the battle of applauses was about, to take power away from the president. So we'll see, it may succeed and we may see that there's going to be a lot more legislative intent here in terms of any treaty, a stronger push by Congress to insist on a vote, up or down on any treaty. But clearly that was what was going on here. This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his compliant American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president.