‘Don’t Be Ridiculous!’ Bloomberg Goes Off on Blitzer for ‘Insulting’ Israel Question

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on CNN today to explain his decision to travel to Israel in protest of the FAA ban on travel from all U.S. carriers (now on day two). But Bloomberg took great offense at a question Wolf Blitzer posed about whether a State Department travel advisory was made for political purposes, and actually scolded the CNN anchor for the suggestion on-air.

Both Bloomberg and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat dismissed concerns over Israel’s security and spoke out against the FAA ban. Blitzer brought up the State Department travel advisory and Bloomberg said, “If you don’t feel safe here, then I don’t know where you’d feel safe.”

Blitzer asked Bloomberg if the decision was made for political reasons, and received a stern finger-wagging from the ex-mayor.

“Don’t be ridiculous! Why would you think that? It’s an outrage to accuse one of our agencies––by asking the question, you’re implying our government does things for political reasons, and maybe everyone once in a while they do it, but it’s your job to prove it. Just the allegation against our government, I personally take as an offense.”

He added, “The tone of the question, of trying to create dissension, it’s insulting to America.”

Watch the video here, via CNN:

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