Report: Cantor Turned Down Israel Invite From Obama (UPDATED)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) declined an invitation to travel to Israel with President Obama and attend a Jerusalem state dinner in Obama’s honor because of the busy congressional schedule, Politico reported Wednesday. Cantor was one of a number of lawmakers on both side of the aisle whom the administration invited to join Obama on his first visit to Israel as president. 

“We invited a group of bipartisan members, representing leadership, relevant committees and prominent Jewish members,” an administration source said. “Given the congressional schedule, most could not make it.”


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, both flew on Air Force One with Obama from Andrews Air Force Base to Tel Aviv.

Update: Cantor’s Communications Director Rory Cooper tweets that Cantor was not invited to Israel by Obama but was invited to a state dinner by the Israeli government.