Obama is going to Camp David this weekend. That is so rare it makes this reporter wonder what’s up.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused a Malaysian jetliner to crash in a Ukraine war zone and pledged support to the affected countries as the probe moves forward.
Obama went ahead with a trip to tout infrastructure investment in Delaware and to raise money for Democrats in New York despite the incident in which 295 people, including reportedly 23 Americans, lost their lives.
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By Jeff Mason
WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a passenger plane that was brought down along the Russian-Ukrainian border on Thursday during a phone call prompted by a new round of U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow.
Obama went ahead with a day trip out of Washington as the Ukraine crisis flared anew, amid reports that 23 Americans were among the 295 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down along the Russia-Ukraine border.
Obama has arrived in New York. No scheduling changes so far to his fundraising swing despite “terrible tragedy” of downed Malaysian plane.
Obama to address issue of downed Malaysian plane at top if his remarks in Delaware shortly
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed a downed passenger plane along the Russian-Ukraine border during a phone call in which Obama warned Moscow of more sanctions if it does not change course in Ukraine.
“I can confirm that President Putin near the end of this morning’s phone call with President Obama noted the early reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.