NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to allow easy access to a downed Malaysian jetliner and President Barack Obama directed U.S. officials on Thursday to do all they could to support an investigation into what caused the crash.
“It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement, urging Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine to support a cease-fire to permit safe and unfettered access to the wreckage.
The suspicious package that delayed Obama was at the White House, not at Andrews. It has now been cleared.
White House spokesman says a suspicious package delayed Obama’s departure from Andrews.
Re: earlier tweet about Camp David, a White House official says it’s a family trip this weekend there for the Obamas.
AF1 is on the ground at Andrews but Obama and his staff have not deplaned after several minutes. May be involved in Ukraine related call.
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.