WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April.
In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years.
Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday night in a gangland-style murder.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China’s plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping.
In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement.
In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be “permanently destructive” to U.S. Israeli ties.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.
The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama’s veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3.
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill
approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the
long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.
The Senate received Obama’s veto message and Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing the
Republican-led chamber would attempt to overturn the veto by
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor on Monday to proceed with new rules that would rein in conflicts of interests among Wall Street brokers who advise clients on retirement investments, administration officials said.
The change would mandate that brokers follow a “fiduciary standard” to prioritize clients’ interests over brokers’ interests, they said. The proposal is opposed by many Republicans and financial firms, which are fearful that the plan will limit broker compensation.
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has
picked U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki to take over
as White House communications director, bringing someone with
whom he has a long history back into his inner circle as other
long-time aides depart.
“Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White
House and she’s traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary
(John) Kerry,” Obama said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers.
In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority.
The White House said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice would appeal the action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico.