Obama aide compares coverage of Netanyahu relationship to ‘Dr. Phil’
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday said news coverage of the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resembles a “Dr. Phil” show, portraying a couple struggling to bond.

"There is a tendency in the coverage, and I think it's understandable, to essentially turn it into an international version of 'Dr. Phil,' right? What's the relationship between these two people? Can they stop arguing? Can they bridge their differences?" Earnest asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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"The case the president makes is that, while the psychology of that situation may be interesting, what's far more important is the relationship between our two countries," Earnest added. 

The long-running TV advice show hosted by psychologist Phil McGraw offers "life strategies" for unhappy married couples and dysfunctional families, among other topics.

"We're gonna have our differences,” Earnest said on MSNBC, mentioning security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. “I think we've been pretty candid about saying what those are, but we also should acknowledge that there [are] some things that will endure."

Tension between the White House and Netanyahu has escalated in recent weeks running up to the Obama administration's deadline to secure a framework deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Obama said earlier in the week that his relationship with Netanyahu was "very businesslike," maintaining their differences weren't personal but over policies. 

While Netanyahu walked back his pre-election comments suggesting he wouldn't allow a Palestinian state to be established under his watch, Obama has signaled he intends not to brush off the remark.