WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top labor leaders left the White House on Friday after an hour-long meeting with President Barack Obama, still looking for a way to address concerns that “Obamacare” will hurt their members’ healthcare plans.
The dispute with unions – traditional allies of Democrats – as the Obama administration begins to roll out Obama’s signature healthcare reforms is providing political ammunition for Republicans who want to defund or repeal the law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he hopes talks on a plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons are successful, but said he will insist any deal is “verifiable and enforceable.”
Obama made his comments after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin proved an important point about “American exceptionalism” when he took a shot at the concept in his column in the New York Times, the White House said on Thursday.
In the opinion piece, Putin lauded a Russian proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control and lectured the United States for what he said was a tendency to use “brute force” in world disputes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House tried on Wednesday to smooth over a diplomatic row with Brazil, pledging to address concerns caused by reports that the United States had spied on President Dilma Rousseff and hacked into the computer networks of state-run oil company Petrobras.
Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo to discuss Brazil’s questions about documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.
A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the brakes on a vote in Congress over authorizing military force as lawmakers and the administration sought more time to assess Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tell the American people and Congress on Tuesday evening that the United States must not let up pressure on Syria even as Washington explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.
While Obama plans to claim credit for a potential diplomatic breakthrough on Syria’s chemical weapons, he still faces potential political damage from his failure so far to sell the public and Congress on the need for military intervention.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will take some credit for a possible diplomatic breakthrough on Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in an address to Americans on Tuesday, but will keep pushing Congress to approve military force, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
The White House said Syria’s recent acceptance of a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons came about because of the U.S. threat of strikes, Carney told MSNBC.
WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.
But Obama, speaking in a series of television interviews, remained skeptical and pushed ahead to persuade a reluctant and divided Congress to back potential U.S. action, saying the threat of force was needed to press Syria to make concessions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday the United States would explore Russia’s potential “breakthrough” plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control but would keep the pressure on Damascus by asking Congress to authorize U.S. military strikes.
In a series of television interviews designed to persuade Congress and the American public of the need for intervention, Obama said he would pause any military action if Syria would relinquish control of its chemical weapons arsenal.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, struggling to gain support for U.S. military action in Syria, called Russia’s proposal on Monday to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control a “potentially positive” move that should be viewed skeptically.
Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid pushed back a Senate test vote on whether to authorize military strikes against Syria that had been scheduled for Wednesday as lawmakers evaluate the Russian plan. The vote is still expected this week.