WATCH: 'On a Scale of One to Ten, How Irritated Is the White House With Netanyahu?'

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Obama meets with Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Oct. 1, 2014Credit: AP

Short transcript:

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: As you know there has been a lot of discussion about the president's relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu after that invitation from the Speaker to speak before Congress. On a scale of one to ten, how irritated is the White House with Prime Minister Netanyahu?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well, Jim, let's unpack this a couple different ways... Let me restate what I said before, which is that it is consistent with long-standing practice for the leader of a foreign government when they're planning to visit the United States to contact and coordinate that visit with the leader of the United States. And so the invitation that was extended and the acceptance of that invitation did represent a departure from protocol. But ultimately, it is the response ability of the Speaker of the House to make decisions about the floor schedule of the House of Representatives. Certainly if we had the opportunity to weigh in on the schedule a little bit more, we would welcome that opportunity and probably make a variety of changes.

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