WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
make a high-profile pitch for a Pacific trade deal he promises
will protect workers on Friday at Nike Inc, a company
once reviled for using Asian sweatshops to make its famous
In choosing the company’s Oregon headquarters as the
backdrop for his message, Obama risks reminding people of global
trade’s downside just when he needs to convince nervous
Democrats to back the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),
a key plank of the administration’s strategic pivot to Asia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books.
Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids – woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday.
The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.
Trade unions, environmental groups and high-profile Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have come out swinging against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would send American jobs overseas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tour the subtropical swamps of Florida’s Everglades on Wednesday, part of a push to get Americans thinking and talking about the damage climate change is causing close to home.
Obama has said he sees addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue. With less than two years left in his presidency, he wants to finalize U.S. rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and marshal support for a global deal to limit climate-changing carbon pollution.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the U.S. government had sent “very direct messages” to Iran warning it not to send weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region.
The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday a bill allowing Congress to review a deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program was a “reasonable compromise” he planned to sign, and he expressed confidence it would not derail talks with Tehran.
Obama told a White House news conference that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and the panel’s leading Democrat, Ben Cardin, had agreed they would protect the bill from “poison pills” amendments that would be tilted toward trying to kill an agreement with Iran.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday that he plans to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing away the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies after more than half a century of enmity.
Obama’s decision comes on the heels of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama where Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down on Saturday for the first meeting of its kind between U.S. and Cuban leaders in nearly 60 years.
WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – The United States announced
on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military
equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took
power in Cairo nearly two years ago.
The White House said President Barack Obama was freeing up
the equipment and making other changes to military ties with
Washington’s long-time ally to support U.S. interests while
encouraging Egypt’s political reforms.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would lift a hold on U.S. military aid to Cairo, but also said the United States would stop allowing Egypt to buy equipment on credit starting in fiscal year 2018.
Obama has been reviewing military aid to Egypt since 2013 when the Egyptian army ousted former president Mohamed Mursi. The decision will allow for the delivery of 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that had been frozen, the White House said.