Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday defended the House GOP’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House. 

“Do I think it’s wholly appropriate for the Speaker of the House of a separate but equal branch of government is free to invite a foreign leader to address us? Absolutely,” Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press."

The White House panned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the invitation and said that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu, citing the upcoming Israeli election.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the invitation a “departure from protocol” days after the announcement.

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But Ryan pushed back against an assertion by “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that the visit could antagonize relations.

“I don’t know if I would say it’s antagonizing. I think we would like to hear from the leader of Israel on his thoughts on Iran,” Ryan said.

“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.”

Negotiators face a June 30 deadline to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, but a number of lawmakers have expressed concern that the U.S. will concede too much. Sens. Robert Menendez (R-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have championed a bill to levy sanctions on Tehran if a deal is not reached. While Menendez recently said that he wouldn’t support a vote until March, the Senate Banking Committee passed the bill last Thursday.