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.
Obama and Putin discussed downed Malaysian plane during call today, White House says.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that Russia had failed to take steps needed to ease the crisis in Ukraine, striking an ominous tone that appeared to position the United States for a new round of economic sanctions against Moscow.
President Barack Obama in recent weeks has repeatedly threatened fresh new sanctions, and appears now to have run out of patience as fighting continued to rage in Eastern Ukraine.
White House says Obama congratulated Merkel on World Cup win, said conversation last night was friendly and cordial despite spy row
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday for the first time since a new spy scandal dented relations between the two allies, and pledged to be in touch about ways to improve U.S.-German intelligence cooperation.
The call followed a difficult period in U.S.-German relations after Berlin told the CIA station chief last week to leave the country after officials unearthed two suspected U.S. spies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his weight behind a temporary fix for the depleted Highway Trust Fund during an event to tout his administration’s work with the private sector to develop cars that communicate using wireless technology.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives was poised on Tuesday to approve a $10 billion infusion for the fund, enough to keep money flowing to road, bridge and transit projects at least through the end of May 2015.