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Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014

White House says considering options for humanitarian aid in Iraq

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is considering options to help provide humanitarian assistance to stranded Iraqis but has ruled out using American troops for combat, the White House said on Wednesday.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, speaking to reporters in a briefing, declined to rule out the possibility of using U.S. forces on the ground in a humanitarian role.

Aug 13, 2014

Obama, Clinton to mingle on Martha’s Vineyard after foreign policy spat

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – They may or may not hug, but President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are rubbing shoulders on Wednesday at a party on Martha’s Vineyard after the former secretary of state criticized the foreign policy vision of her one-time boss.

Clinton called Obama on Tuesday to say that her comments to Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic magazine, were not meant as an attack on the president. In the Atlantic interview, published earlier in August, Clinton described U.S. policy in Syria as a failure and said Obama’s doctrine of “‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle” for a great nation.

Aug 12, 2014

Obama to see Clinton after criticism of his foreign policy

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will have a reunion with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday on Martha’s Vineyard, days after the former top diplomat criticized the foreign policy vision of his administration.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend a party hosted by Washington power broker Vernon Jordan, a Clinton friend, on the Massachusetts island, where the presidential family is spending a two-week vacation, a White House spokesman said.

Aug 12, 2014

Obama applauds nomination of new Iraqi PM as ‘step forward’

By Jeff Mason

CHILMARK Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday Iraq had taken “a promising step forward” in designating a new prime minister, vowing to step up support for a new Iraqi government in a widening conflict that his administration had hoped to avoid.

Speaking to reporters in the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family, Obama said Iraq had made important strides towards rebuffing fighters from the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot, since the United States authorized air strikes last week.

Aug 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014

Obama says Iraq took promising step with new PM-designate

By Jeff Mason

CHILMARK Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Iraq had made important strides toward rebuffing a militant group on Monday with the designation of a new prime minister and urged the formation of an inclusive government to address the needs of all Iraqis.

“Today Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort,” Obama said in brief remarks.

Aug 11, 2014
    • About Jeff

      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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