Referring to Mr. McCain by name, Mr. Carney said the Obama administration always takes proper precautions to prevent leaks of information that could harm ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations. He spoke to reporters traveling with Mr. Obama to the West Coast on Wednesday.
Mr. Obama defeated Mr. McCain to win the presidency in 2008.
Two lawmakers denounce gay ceremony at Army base
NEW ORLEANS — Two Republican congressmen Wednesday denounced a same-sex ceremony held at the Army’s Fort Polk training base in Louisiana, saying it violated Defense Department policy.
Following last year’s repeal of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Defense Department said chaplains at military installations can officiate any private ceremony, as long as it’s not prohibited by state and local laws. Louisiana law does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions.
Fort Polk spokesman Scott Stearns said the two women took part in a commitment ceremony last month. Everyone at the base chapel understood it was not a marriage ceremony, he said.
“This appears to be a case where political agenda has trumped the rule of law, which is absolutely unacceptable,” Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri said in a statement claims the ceremony violated Defense Department policy.
A spokesman for Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana said the congressman’s office learned of the ceremony from “constituent contact.”
“The liberal social experiment with our military continues,” Mr. Fleming said. “My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which has nothing to do with military readiness or our national defense, is being imposed on our men and women in uniform.”
Obama discusses European economy with Merkel, Monti
The White House says President Obama spoke separately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti about economic conditions in Europe as he traveled to California for campaign fundraisers.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the leaders spoke Wednesday about the importance of taking steps to strengthen the resilience of the eurozone and foster economic growth in Europe. The calls came ahead of the G-20 summit scheduled for later this month in Mexico.