Desperate White House Trolls Netanyahu on Twitter

With the chorus of criticism over its framework deal with Iran growing, the Obama admin tries a different tactic: trolling.

Ari Soffer,

Trolling Netanyahu, or just a coincidence?
Trolling Netanyahu, or just a coincidence?
Screenshot/White House

With its much trumpeted "framework deal" with Iran coming under increasing criticism, the White House is on the defensive.

Almost immediately after it was signed late last week, the deal has come under attack for missing key details such as how and when sanctions on Iran would be lifted, while Washington and Tehran have reportedly been "irritating" each other over their competing interpretations of the deal itself.

As if that wasn't enough, in an interview Tuesday President Barack Obama made an astonishing admission, telling NPR the agreement he lauded as a "good deal" would enable Iran to easily acquire a nuclear weapon by 2028.

The US State Department - whose spokespeople are already well-practiced in the art of tidying up after their commander-in-chief - rushed to "clarify" Obama's comments, although their explanation that the US President was confused about the very deal he had pushed through was far from reassuring.

On Wednesday, the White House appears to have taken a different track in silencing its critics - chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: by trolling him.

As many commenters noted, a graphic defending the deal tweeted by the White House's official Twitter account looked remarkably similar to the graphic utilized by Netanyahu during his famous 2012 UN speech warning of the dangers of an Iranian bomb.

Of course, it could just be a coincidence, right?

Netanyahu presents his "nuclear bomb" graphic at the UN in 2012 Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash 90

Still, the chorus of criticism against the Obama administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear program is growing, which former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz warning of the dangers of the deal and calling on the White House to do some "soul searching" over its shambolic foreign policy.