The White House said on Monday Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu declined President Barack Obama’s request to meet in Washington, D.C., later this month.
White House spokesman Ned Price said the administration first learned of Netanyahu cancellation through Israeli media.
“Reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister’s schedule are false,” he said.
Netanyahu’s decision to nix the trip comes as the two countries grapple with negotiating a 10-year, multibillion-dollar defense aid agreement for Israel.
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