White House says in statement that US will now follow through on commitment to provide modest sanctions relief to Iran
Joe Biden, speaking at MLK event, tells organizers to put the TelePrompter away.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.
Obama unveiled those reforms during a long-awaited speech that balanced pledges to increase privacy protections with a warning that intelligence gathering would continue.
Interesting that #Obama refers to spying in East Germany by the Stasi in NSA speech. A nod to #Merkel.
#Obama has not left the White House yet, so NSA speech will be a bit delayed. Motorcade still holding on the WH driveway.
#Obama says this must be a “year of action.” Something tells me we’ll hear that again in the State of the Union. And on and on after that…
WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Tuesday he would not wait for Congress to pass legislation to
advance his policy priorities this year and said he was “getting
close” to finishing a review of U.S. surveillance practices – to
be unveiled on Friday.
Obama, speaking to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the
White House, foreshadowed his upcoming State of the Union
address and what appeared to be a new messaging strategy by
emphasizing his ability to take executive actions without
approval from lawmakers.