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Pete Hoekstra: Netanyahu Invite Is Poke at 'Imperial' Obama

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 11:25 AM

By inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are showing they have ways to work around President Barack Obama’s imperial presidency,  former House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra says Thursday on "America’s Forum."

"What Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell are reacting to is they're working with a president who consistently is saying, 'I'm going to go it alone' whether it's on foreign policy or whether it is on domestic policy," Hoekstra said on the Newsmax TV program.

"It's going to be a year of action, I'm going to lead: I, I, I," he said of Obama.

"What you're now seeing is the speaker and the majority leader saying, 'Well that's fine Mr. President, but we have tools in our toolbox as well that we can use to make sure, that in this division of government, that Congress and the legislative branch also has the opportunity to have its say.'"

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"That is what Speaker Boehner and the majority leader are doing by inviting Netanyahu to come and address Congress, saying, 'Mr. President you're going your way, you're not involving us, we have this tool, and we're going to use it.'"

Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet with Congress on March 3, will have the opportunity to address the "existential threat" to Israel posed by Iran throughout the Middle East.

"They believe that this administration is moving in the wrong direction and they're going to do everything that they can appropriately to get their message and their interest," Hoekstra said. "And they've got lots of friends in Congress on both sides of the aisle who agree with them."

Obama’s imperial attitude extends to his actions on Cuba, according to Hoekstra, where the president recently announced the normalizing of relations after some 50 years.

"What you're seeing here with Cuba is you're seeing the same thing that you're seeing with Iran, that the president is in one place and there are significant perhaps majorities in Congress who are on the other side of this issue," said Hoekstra.

"Rather than engaging with Cuba at this time, you would hope that the president would engage with Congress, and with people who feel very passionately on both sides of this issue in Congress, and develop an American position rather than you're going to see the executive branch doing one thing, you're going to see the Congress doing some other things.

"You saw you kind of had dueling boxes at the State of the Union, the people that the president invited who are pro re-establishing a relationship with Cuba, (Florida Rep.) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and the speaker inviting people who have suffered significantly at the hands of the Castro regime," he said.

"Let's work it out domestically, internally, before we go out and engage internationally."

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