Hatch, the Senate’s most senior Republican, said the Obama administration treated Netanyahu rudely during his stay.
“I was basically disgusted by the way the White House handled this,” Hatch said on USA Today’s Capital Download. “I’ll tell you, we’re coming to the opinion up here on Capitol Hill, many of us, that they’ve hired a lot of young people down there [who] don’t know what they’re doing.”
Hatch said such officials acted “like a bunch of spoiled brats” during Netanyahu’s visit.
“They looked ridiculous in world-wide matters, in foreign policy,” he added.
Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday, delivering a fiery address where he urged the United States to turn away from a “bad deal” with Iran that he said will allow the country to obtain nuclear weapons.
Obama and Netanyahu have long had a strained relationship, which came to the fore earlier this year when an administration official called the Israeli leader a “chickens—t” in an interview.