Weekends with Alex Witt, 3/23/13, 1:01 PM ET

Mideast trip a success for Obama?

Democratic Sen. Robert Casey joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss President Obama’s trip to the Middle East and the budget bill passed by the Senate overnight.

Mideast trip a success for Obama?

Updated

After a marathon night of voting on the floor of the Senate, a sleep-deprived Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., paid a visit to Weekends with Alex Witt  to weigh in on President Obama’s recent trip to the Middle East.

“I think he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish…to reiterate the unshakable bond between Israel and the United States,” Casey said of the president Saturday. He also credited Obama with assisting the historic reconciliation between Israel and Turkey over the Israeli attack on a Turkish aid flotilla destined for the Gaza Strip.

As for the nuclear threat of Iran, Casey said the intelligence sharing on Iranian nuclear development has never been better, but that he “couldn’t speak to” any timeline for military action under consideration by the Israeli government.

Casey also discussed domestic affairs–most notably the Senate’s recent passage of its first budget in four years. Casey admitted that Senate and House budgets are “starkly different,” but seemed hopeful that the bicameral budget process will prioritize American’s best interests.  Nevertheless the senator defended the $1 trillion of tax increases called for in the Senate budget over the next decade.

Mideast trip a success for Obama?

Updated