(Briefing Room) — A Republican congressman from New York is calling on President Obama to apologize to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for comments Obama made that were caught on a live mic.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said to Obama that he “cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.”
“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Obama responded according to a French interpreter.
Sarkozy and Obama were unaware that they were speaking in the range of an open mic.
In response, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is calling on Obama to formally apologize for his remarks.
“I find President Obama’s criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu highly offensive and call on him to issue a formal apology on behalf of the American people,” Grimm said in a statement Tuesday. “Whether the microphones are on or off, the message to our allies in Israel should always remain the same: ‘We stand with you.’”