On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner, refused to join his Republicans friends in criticizing President Obama over the “hot mic” comments the president made to the president of Russia.
“When the president is overseas,” Boehner told the media, “I think it’s appropriate that people not be critical of him or our country.”
It’s now Thursday and the president is back in the U.S.A. Boehner now feels no restraints, having sent a letter to the president saying he was “alarmed to learn of the message you sent to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin while in South Korea Monday.”
ABC News obtained a copy of the letter after the White House received it Wednesday afternoon.
To recap, on Monday at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Obama whispered to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense after the 2012 elections, and that incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.” The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.
GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney announced this to the media -Russia is “without question our number one geopolitical foe. They fight every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed.”
The president of the United States should not be having these kinds of conversations with foreign officials.
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