Barack Obama

Look forward to continuing work with PM Modi: U.S.

Look forward to continuing work with PM Modi: U.S.

Washington D. C., May 18 : Ahead of his key address at a joint meeting of the U. S. Congress nect month, the Barack Obama government has asserted that it is looking forward to continue to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on all fronts to strengthen ties between two nations.

Talking about the Prime Minister's upcoming visit to the U. S. on June 8th, state department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing, that the ties between the two nations represented a 'special relationship'.

"It's one that we're very committed to, and we look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Modi on all the different areas in which the United States and India will and must work together," Kirby said.


LGBT rights are human rights: Barack Obama

LGBT rights are human rights: Barack Obama

Washington: Asserting that LGBT rights are human rights, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for ending discrimination against the community globally.

"Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect," the US President said in a statement on the occasion of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

"Advancing this goal has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and I am proud that my Administration has made advancing the human rights of LGBT individuals a specific focus of our engagement around the world," he said.

He also lauded the efforts the US made in recent years in marriage equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.


Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee: Barack Obama

Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee: Barack Obama

Washington: President Barack Obama says he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Obama made the claim on Monday in an online video interview about his stalled nomination of US Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland.

Republicans and some legal scholars dispute Obama's take on the Senate's role in judicial nominations. Republicans have maintained they are fulfilling their constitutional duty by choosing not to consider Garland at all.

The Constitution says the president "shall" appoint judges to the Supreme Court "with the advice and consent of the Senate."

Asked if he thought that meant the Senate had an obligation to hold a vote, Obama tells BuzzFeed News: "I do." (PTI)


Obama takes shot at Trump, says 'ignorance' not a virtue

Obama takes shot at Trump, says 'ignorance' not a virtue

Washington D. C., May 16 : United States President Barack Obama took aim at presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the commencement address at Rutgers University and told the graduates to flaunt their knowledge, not brag about their ignorance.

Even though he did not name Trump directly, the President's target was quite clear.

"In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It's not cool to not know what you're talking about. That's not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That's not challenging political correctness. That's just not knowing what you're talking about. And yet we've become confused about this," he told the more than 12,000 graduates in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Rebuking Donald Trump, Barack Obama tells graduates walls won't solve ills

Rebuking Donald Trump, Barack Obama tells graduates walls won't solve ills

Piscataway: President Barack Obama on Sunday urged college graduates to shun those who want to confront a rapidly linked world by building walls around the United States or by embracing ignorance, as he delivered a sharp and barely concealed critique of Donald Trump.

Obama used his commencement speech at Rutgers University to illustrate a world view antithetical to the ideas espoused by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Looking out at a sea of red and black gowns, Obama told the roughly 12,000 graduating students that the pace of change on the planet is accelerating, not subsiding, and that recent history had proved that the toughest challenges cannot be solved in isolation.


US says India ready for NSG membership

US says India ready for NSG membership

Washington D. C., May 14 : The United States has said that India meets the missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in Washington last night that US President Barack Obama, during his visit to India in 2015, had said that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership.

Kirby's remarks came in response to a question on reports that China and Pakistan have joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.

Defending its move to block India's entry into the NSG, China yesterday claimed that several members of the 48-nation bloc shared its view that signing of the NPT is an important standard for the NSG's expansion. (ANI)


Trump renounces ex-butler after he called for Obama's murder

Trump renounces ex-butler after he called for Obama's murder

Washington D. C., May 13 : United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has disavowed his former butler Anthony Senecal, after he posted on Facebook that he wants President Barack Obama to be killed.

According to CNN, Anthony Senecal, who served as Trump's butler for 17 years wrote in a Facebook post that Obama "should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term," according to Mother Jones, which first reported on Senecal's post.

Senecal, 84, confirmed he wrote the post to CNN, but disputed one point, "I think I said hung.


Obama to become first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima

Obama to become first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima

Washington DC, May 11 : The White House announced that President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit the site of the U. S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan.

According to CNN, the visit fulfills a wish Obama had expressed early in his presidency to visit the location where thousands of Japanese civilians were killed in a nuclear blast at the end of World War II.

However, the White House has asserted that the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945, instead, officials say that the visit will serve as a reminder of the horrific destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict.


US elections are not a 'reality' show: Obama to Trump

US elections are not a 'reality' show: Obama to Trump

Washington D. C., May. 7 : United States President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Republican nominee Donald Trump asking him to not treat the contest for the US presidency as a mere 'reality' show and called on the voters to examine the business mogul's records.

According to CNN, the President asked reporters and voters yesterday to deeply scrutinize at the record Trump, who became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee this week.


Obama commutes sentences of 58 more federal prisoners

Obama commutes sentences of 58 more federal prisoners

Washington, May 6 : US President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offences.

The newly announced commutations on Thursday brought the total number of commutations to 306 which Obama issued since taking office over seven years ago, Politico reported.

More than two years ago, the Obama administration launched a "Clemency Initiative" that prompted more than 36,000 prisoners to request assistance filing applications for commutations.

Obama aides hoped thousands of prisoners would have their sentences shortened through the initiative.


Obama in Canada in late June for N America summit

Obama in Canada in late June for N America summit

Washington: US President Barack Obama will travel to Ottawa next month for a "Three Amigos" North American summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President

Enrique Pena Nieto, the White House said today The White House said Obama will also address a joint session of parliament while in the Canadian capital for the June 29 summit.

"The summit is further recognition of the value of a more integrated North America to advance the security and prosperity of the continent," a White House statement said.

"It also highlights the importance of continuing to strengthen the bilateral and trilateral ties between United States, Canada, and Mexico."

The last "Three Amigos" summit was hosted by Pena Nieto in 2014 in Toluca, Mexico.(PTI)


Obama recalls Osama's raid, says wanted to strike hideout before May 2

Obama recalls Osama's raid, says wanted to strike hideout before May 2

Washington, May 3 : U. S. President Barack Obama has said that he wanted to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to strike at Osama bin Laden but waited until all members of his team had a chance to have their say.

President Obama and key members of his inner circle spoke to CNN's Peter Bergen about the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the fifth anniversary of the May 2, 2011 raid.

"On decisions like this, you're leaning in a certain direction. I had been inclined to take the shot fairly early on in the discussions. But you hold back the decision until you have to make it. And in the end, what I had very much appreciated was the degree to which we had an honest debate," Obama said.


Sighed with relief only after Bin Laden's body reached Afghanistan: Obama

Sighed with relief only after Bin Laden's body reached Afghanistan: Obama

Washington D. C., May. 3 : Speaking candidly about the severity of the risks involved in the operation to take out 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, United States President Barack Obama said that it was only after the terrorist's dead body landed on Afghan soil safely did the celebrations begin and states that it was a 'uniquely complicated' operation with high stakes.

Speaking exclusively to CNN on the fifth anniversary of bin Laden's death, Obama said that his advisors had raised the issue of the major risks involved in the top secret operation but added that he didn't consider aborting the mission, even when it started with a downed helicopter.


Obama, Merkel 's push for Trans-Atlantic trade deal in Germany

Obama, Merkel 's push for Trans-Atlantic trade deal in Germany

New York, Apr. 25 :United States President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have made a joint pitch for deeper trans-Atlantic trade. They vowed to complete a vast US-European Union trade pact that could spur much-needed economic growth.

Obama, on a farewell visit to Germany as President, is trying to counter public skepticism about a trans-Atlantic trade deal with Europe, while also facing down criticism from the 2016 presidential candidates of a pending Asia- Pacific trade pact, reports Guardian.

President Obama made the statement in Hanover yesterday, where he will inaugrate the Hanover Messi fair along with German Chancellor on Monday.

Obama said, "the majority of people still favour trade. They still recognize, on balance, that it's a good idea."


Barack Obama dismisses North Korea proposal on halting nuke tests

Barack Obama dismisses North Korea proposal on halting nuke tests

New York: A day after North Korea's foreign minister said that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said on Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed yesterday by the AP, also defended his country's right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won't be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North's regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don't hold your breath.


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