Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he was "insulted" after reading Russian President Vladimir Putin's editorial in the New York Times opposing military action in Syria and criticizing the notion of "American exceptionalism."
Boehner declined to elaborate why he felt insulted, telling reporters at his weekly Capitol Hill press conference Thursday, saying,"I think that the president does foreign policy, and I've always believed that while we have opinions, I've probably said more than I should have said. But you got the truth."
The speaker reiterated his support for President Obama's decision to use targeted military strikes against Syria for their use of chemical weapons, but also said he hoped a diplomatic solution could be worked out now that Russia was offering a plan to get Syria to turn over those weapons.
Vladimir Putin's comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause a fuss
But the speaker didn't hide his skepticism of that proposal panning out, saying, he has "real doubts of the motives of the Russians and President Assad in offering this current path."