- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

President Obama will host an international summit in September to persuade foreign leaders to double the number of refugees settled around the world, the White House said Friday.

National security adviser Susan E. Rice said Mr. Obama will host the summit on refugees on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. Among the goals, she said, are a 30 percent increase in funding for humanitarian support.

The move, which will likely include a pledge from Mr. Obama to boost the number of refugees accepted in the U.S., comes as the administration struggles to meet its commitment to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. Many lawmakers of both parties and governors are balking at the proposal, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, including Syrian refugees.

Saying that the U.S. has been a leader in providing humanitarian aid, Ms. Rice said, “During this administration, we continue to strive to do more and encourage other countries to do the same.”

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