(WASHINGTON) -- That "private" conversation President Obama had with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the G-20 summit in Cannes last week is causing the White House more of a headache than initially thought.
Obama and Sarkozy were caught on a live microphone making disparaging comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of their closest allies.
Sarkozy was heard saying, "I can’t stand to see him anymore, he’s a liar," while Obama said of Netanyahu, "You are fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day."
On Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney tried to ignore the president's apparent annoyance with his Israeli counterpart, changing the subject instead to the administration’s dismay with the Palestinians attempting to seek membership to the United Nations.
However, Ben Rhodes, a spokesman for the National Security Council, addressed the matter more directly on Wednesday, saying that the president "has a very close working relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu. They speak very regularly."
And as Obama mentioned, Rhodes said the president has "probably spent more time one on one" with the Israeli prime minister than any other head of state.
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