WASHINGTON/WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted.
Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the president broke the law by not giving them advance notice of the agreement, Obama told a news conference in Warsaw: “Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop.”
WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine.
Under fire from critics at home who say his leadership on the world stage has not been muscular enough, Obama unveiled plans to spend up to $1 billion in supporting and training the armed forces of NATO states on Russia’s borders.
WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions that have emerged about the circumstances of the soldier’s capture did not negate the need to bring him home.
As Bergdahl emerges from five years of captivity, former comrades have accused him of walking away from his unit, prompting a manhunt that they say cost the lives of at least six fellow soldiers.
Obama touted new power plant rules in Warsaw, says important for US and EU to commit to ambitious goals to reduce emissions after 2020
WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Poland and its eastern European neighbors on Tuesday that the U.S. commitment to their security was sacrosanct at the start of a four-day trip meant to show U.S. resolve after the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
The White House unveiled plans for a $1 billion initiative to send more of its military to Europe on a temporary basis but stopped short of promising to beef up its permanent presence as some of Washington’s allies are seeking. It said the United States would review its force presence on the continent.
WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. power sector must
cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005
levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that
form the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one of the
most significant environmental rules proposed by the United
States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on
coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity.