The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice skipped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly Thursday afternoon, opting instead to go to a luncheon with foreign ministers.
President Obama had earlier refused a private meeting with the prime minister, saying that pressing campaign obligations would take him out of New York during Netanyahu’s visit. The President did manage, however, to make an appearance on the television show “The View.”
While Obama asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to listen in on Thursday’s address on behalf of the White House, neither Clinton nor Ambassador Rice was in attendance.
“Today, our UN ambassador, Susan Rice, did not attend the speech by the prime minister because the speeches went long today. Instead she elected to go to a lunch with foreign ministers, and so she wasn’t present,” Fox news commentator Greta Van Susteren explained.