Former Secretary of State James Baker said Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March is a breach of diplomatic protocol.
“I can’t remember an instance in which it’s been done,” said Baker, who served as secretary of state to former President George H.W. Bush, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The speaker of the House has every right in the world to invite whoever he wants to speak to the House; it’s a coequal branch of government,” Baker added. But, he said, “the executive branch of government really has the primary power and responsibility and authority to conduct the nation’s foreign policy. It’s not in the Congress, it’s in the executive branch. So our foreign policy benefits when there’s cooperation and so does the issue of U.S.-Israeli relations.”