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Topic - Joshua Earnest
The White House defended President Obama's decision Friday to spend the weekend on vacation in an ultra-exclusive resort in the Florida Keys while the economy remains weak and the showdown with Russia over Ukraine demands his attention.
The White House said Thursday that President Obama's next budget will drop an offer to accept lower cost-of-living increases in Social Security benefits through the so-called "chained" consumer price index.
The White House confirmed Wednesday that the U.S. has suspended all non-lethal assistance in northern Syria after rebels aligned with al Qaeda seized the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition's Supreme Military Council.
John Podesta, an outspoken opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, won't advise President Obama on the project when he starts his job next month as presidential counselor, the White House said Wednesday.
In another sign of the Obama administration's troubled Syria policy, the White House said Wednesday the U.S. and Britain have suspended all non-lethal aid to northern Syria after rebels linked to al Qaeda seized American equipment intended for moderate opposition groups.
The Obama administration said Monday it has no plans to withdraw financial aid from Egypt after violence over the weekend killed more than 70 supporters of its ousted president.
The Obama administration on Thursday defended its secret seizure of the phone records of millions of U.S. citizens as part of counterterrorism efforts, while privacy advocates blasted the move as illegal and a debate erupted in Congress over the intended scope of a key surveillance law.
President Obama's spokesman said the White House is closely watching a hunger strike by terrorist detainees at the facility at Guantanamo Bay and remains committed to closing the prison.
The White House Wednesday dodged questions about whether President Obama was trying to send a pointed message by appointing the first woman ever to head the Secret Service, an agency still struggling to recover from a high-profile sex scandal.
Undeterred by complaints from the White House press corps about a lack of access, President Obama spent Presidents Day playing his third straight day of golf to wrap up a secluded guys' weekend at an exclusive golf course in Florida.
He's done interactive Web appearances with Linked In, Google and Twitter, said presidential spokesman Joshua Earnest.
"What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House," deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest said as the Obamas arrived in Florida on Friday.