House GOP leader: Obama's response to Bibi is beneath him
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday dinged President Obama's response to the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE.


"I will tell you that, from the president and the administration, they're trying to make this about the prime minister, Netanyahu," McCarthy said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"It's not about him, it's not about the administration. This is about the mutual concern we have for Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon," McCarthy said.

"This administration should be better than this," McCarthy said, adding that given Netanyahu's reelection, the U.S. should build upon its "unique" relationship with Israel "instead of trying to make it personal."

Republicans have criticized the White House's response to Netanyahu's reelection this week, underscored by escalating tensions over his vocal opposition to a potentially unsatisfactory deal over Iran's nuclear program, which faces a preliminary deadline at the end of the month.

In an interview released Saturday, Obama sought to play down the significant of Netanyahu's reelection, saying it wouldn't have "a significant impact" on selling a potential deal to the public or Congress.

Obama also cited his congratulatory call to Netanyahu two days after the election to signal he would not brush off the Israeli leader's pre-election promise to not allow a Palestinian state, which he later walked back.

"We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his prime ministership," Obama told The Huffington Post.

"The president should get over it," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, adding Obama should get over his "temper tantrum."