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Chris Matthews: Netanyahu Tried to ‘Take Over’ U.S. Foreign Policy Today

As a piece of political theater, Chris Matthews thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress was a “hell of a speech.” But the MSNBC host also viewed it as a misguided “takeover attempt” by a foreign leader of U.S. policy.

Speaking to Thomas Roberts shortly after Netanyahu’s speech ended, Matthews said definitively, “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over foreign policy.”

“He said you should trust me, not your president on this,” Matthews continued, describing the tone of Netanyahu’s remarks. “I’m the man you should trust, I’m your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. If you want to protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.”

Calling the situation “startling,” Matthews said, “It’s a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen. Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to rest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy?”

“This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,” he concluded.

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