President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, In Warsaw, Poland, June 3rd, 2014.


 

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President Obama Arrives in Poland

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama arrived in Poland to begin a three-country European tour. The President’s highlighted security concerns when he spoke in Warsaw. (June 3)

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives for talks in Warsaw

 

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the Belweder Presidential Palace where he met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday. Arriving by convoy, Obama’s entourage was surrounded by police and security forces

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives in Warsaw for talks with Komorowski

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Komorowski

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland deliver remarks in a joint press conference in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

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All times are Eastern Time (ET)

 

3:50 AM: The President arrives Warsaw, Poland

 

4:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland meet with U.S. and Polish airmen

 

4:55 AM: The President arrives at Belweder Palace

 

5:10 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

6:30 AM: The President holds a joint press conference with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

7:30 AM: The President arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

 

7:40 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

 

8:25 AM: The President and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press

 

9:05 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

9:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

10:45 AM: The President joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo

 

1:30 PM: The President attends a Solidarity Dinner

 

 

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Exercising at the gym at the Marriott this guy did not expect. “Obama looked laid-back, sometimes a moment to talk with someone”

 

Barack Obama's visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

Barack Obama’s visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

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Gym Holmes Place Premium Hilton Marriott Hotel. Dumbbell exercises biceps and pecs. One would like to say a day, like every day. But suddenly the room comes unexpected guest: Barack Obama and begins to practice with other fans of sporty silhouette. One of the witnesses has posted on Facebook photos of practicing U.S. president.

 

Barack Obama’s visit to the gym so you really should not be surprising – the U.S. media writes about him as “the most athletic president of the USA.”Almost 53-year-old leader is in great shape, often stresses that the exercise 6 times a week. And as you can see, on the road no exceptions. Surprising it may just be that the president did not ask to reserve the gym for himself and practicing with others. On the other hand – we’re talking about the president, who can provide entertaining interviews in which he admits that bed linen and bed and eats healthily . Oh and do not forget the phenomenal interview with Zack Galifianakis Obama . Which president has enough distance to each other?

 

We talked with the director of photography and witness this special event, Jean Ekwą. How to behave Barack Obama at the gym?

 

President Obama at the gym behaved peacefully, culturally.No epatował their presence. If not for security, it is difficult to notice his presence. There were about 10 security guards.The guards were present in the room while he practiced on it.But “not held him by the hand.” The president looked laid-back, listening to music on headphones, sometimes a moment with someone spoke, he smiled, but he was focused on training. He practiced for about 40 to 50 minutes. Perform general-practice, a little walk on the treadmill, performed slopes, gimnastykował up – he told us Jean Ekwa.

 

Barack Obama did not avoid conversations with other guests gym.

 

When people hit on him, the president smiling, replied, casually, but very friendly, gave his hand. I have not talked to him. I knew that President Obama is in Poland, but I did not expect that I practiced with him at the gym – added Ekwa.

 

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Obama Praises Polish Video Game

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Economic development can take all kinds of forms — even video games. After meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw, President Obama praised the game “The Witcher” as a prime example how Poland is becoming a manufacturing and high-tech hub. Obama said, “The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift — the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, ‘The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games,” the president added.

 

 

 

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President Obama Meets with European Leaders

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Tusk

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland deliver remarks to the press after their meeting in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama and President Komorowski Meet with U.S. and Polish Airmen

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Speeches and Remarks – June 02, 2014

 

Remarks by the First Lady at a DCCC Event

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

 

Remarks by The President in a Conference Call hosted by Public Health Groups

 

 

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Statements and Releases – June 03, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Central and Eastern Europe: Enduring Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Poland: Strong and United

 

FACT SHEET: European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

 

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Ukraine

The Vice President will lead a Presidential delegation to Kyiv on June 7 to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President will also hold meetings with Ukraine’s leaders to discuss President-elect Poroshenko’s agenda, the situation in the east, and how the United States can assist Ukraine with fighting corruption, strengthening its democratic institutions, and putting its economy back on a path towards sustainable growth.

 

Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

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June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

June 3rd 2014: Warsaw, Poland Photos of the Day

 

 

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President Obama is taking action on climate change

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama has proposed the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants—the New York Times says it’s “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”

 

 

 

Tennessee Cotton Gin Boss Caught on Tape – We Hang BLACKS for Drinking WHITE PEOPLE ONLY Water

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

A cotton gin in Memphis, Tennessee is facing a federal discrimination complaint after one of its supervisors was caught on a cell phone recording making racist remarks to black employees. African-American workers at the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse this week described to WREG treatment that evoked cotton’s historic connections to racism and slavery. According to Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum, their boss at the cotton gin longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could “hang” black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain. “He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,'” Mangrum recalled.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 2nd Of June: Pollution & Sky Miles.


 

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President Barack Obama will announce on Monday new long-awaited standards to reduce carbon emissions and later in the day departs for Warsaw, with Poland the first stop in a European swing this week.

 

White House Schedule – June 2nd, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, and later in the morning the President will meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President speak on a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association and other public health groups to discuss new commonsense steps to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The President will make the call from the Oval Office, and media interested in listening to the call should RSVP with ALA by emailing hsmith@mrss.com.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Washington, DC en route Warsaw, Poland. The departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport will be covered by the out-of-town travel pool.

 

 

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Monday, June 2 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, The Oval Office.

 

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room. White House LIVE Streaming.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT speaks on a conference call hosted by public health groups, The Oval Office.

 

 

7:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

7:45 PM:  THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

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 9:50 AM:  THE PRESIDENT arrives Poland, Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland.

 

 

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The President’s 2014 Trip Itinerary To Europe: Poland, Belgium, And France, June 3rd To June 6th.

 

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ Will Be Tagging Along With The POTUSA And Posting Daily Updates On The Trip Progress & Highlights.

 

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben RhodesDeputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014.  While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism.  From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea.

 

The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine.  The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies.  Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

 

Trip Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 3

  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony at Warsaw Chopin Airport with President Komorowski, after which they meet American and Polish airmen.
  • President Obama and President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting at Belweder Palace, followed by a press conference.
  • Afterward, President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk have a bilateral meeting at the Polish Chancellery, followed by remarks to the press.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama and President Komorowski co-host a meeting of Central and European Leaders at the Presidential Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends an official dinner at the Royal Castle to honor Poland’s Solidarity movement.

 

 

Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

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3:02 P.M. EDT

MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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President Obama returns to Europe in early June to meet with allies in Poland, Belgium, and France.

 

Obama will celebrate Polish independence, meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during the trip.

 

In Warsaw, Obama will honor the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of that nation’s rejection of communist rule.

 

On June 4-5, Obama will be in Brussels for a G-7 summit with the leaders of the Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany. The leaders organized this meeting after canceling a G-8 summit scheduled for Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine.

 

“The (G-7) leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security and development agenda, and follow up on their March 24th discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

 

The president will also attend a June 6 commemoration of D-Day on the beaches of France.

 

“The President greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the allies,” Carney said.

 

President Barack Obama will visit Poland, Belgium and France during a trip to Europe in June.

 

That’s according to Vice President Joe Biden. He’s announcing Obama’s itinerary during a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.

 

Biden says Obama will visit Poland for the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections there.

 

Obama will also travel to Brussels for consultations with the Group of 7 leaders. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, under the Group of 8 banner, but was scrapped as G-7 leaders sought to isolate Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

 

Biden says Obama will also travel to France for the June 6 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Monday

President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates. The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.

 

Tuesday

The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland. Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski. Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk. That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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With Ukraine Crisis Cooling, President Obama Sets Off to Soothe European Friends

 

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves for Europe on Monday night cautiously optimistic that the crisis in Ukraine has turned a corner, but he will find himself face to face with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for the first time since the two squared off in a Cold-War-style showdown in Eastern Europe.

 

President Obama’s trip to Poland, Belgium and France comes just days after Ukraine elected a pro-European president and Mr. Putin pulled Russian troops back from the border. American and European officials hope the developments have begun to defuse the crisis, and say they have decided to hold off any new sanctions on Russia absent fresh provocative action by Moscow.

 

In his speech at West Point last week, President Obama cited Ukraine as a successful example of uniting the international community against a mutual threat. Susan E. Rice, his national security adviser, sounded a similar theme on Sunday.

 

“The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine,” she said on “This Week,” an ABC News program. “That’s the kind of leadership that only the world’s greatest power can bring to bear.”

 

White House officials said the president would use the trip to meet with the new Ukrainian leader, Petro O. Poroshenko, and to reassure Central and Eastern European allies of American support against Russian aggression. He will consult with allies about next steps, including weaning Europe off Russian gas. But aides said Mr. Obama was not declaring victory in Ukraine.

 

“We believe that the situation continues to be a crisis,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. “There are people dying on a regular basis in eastern and southern Ukraine, given the violence perpetrated and initiated by separatist factions there. So by no means are we out of the woods on Ukraine.”

 

President Obama arrives in Warsaw on Tuesday to meet not only with Polish leaders but also with leaders from throughout the region who will converge there. On Wednesday, he will meet with Mr. Poroshenko for the first time since his election and then address a public rally celebrating the 25th anniversary of the elections in Poland that signaled the eventual end of Communist rule.Later that day Mr. Obama will fly to Brussels, where he will meet that night and Thursday with counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan in a reconstituted Group of 7. Their annual summit meeting was originally supposed to be hosted by Mr. Putin in Sochi, but Russia was suspended from the Group of 8 after the intervention in Ukraine.

 

If Mr. Putin is unwelcome in Brussels, however, he will be at President Obama’s next stop in Paris. President François Hollande of France plans to host Mr. Obama for dinner on Thursday and host Mr. Putin separately same evening. President Obama and Mr. Putin will both be at Normandy on Friday for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No meetings are scheduled, but aides did not rule out an unscripted conversation.

 

President Obama and the Europeans have struggled to stay together on sanctions, with the allies reluctant to jeopardize deeper economic ties with Russia and weary of confrontations beyond their borders. A survey by the Körber Foundation found that only 37 percent of Germans favor more involvement in international crises, compared with 62 percent in a comparable survey 20 years ago.

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is crucial to the coalition facing Russia. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister, called the Ukrainian election “a chance, but not a political solution to the conflict.”

British and French diplomats give President Obama high marks for handling the Ukraine crisis, although they said he came late to understanding the potential Russian threat. In Paris, officials anticipate tension between President Obama and Mr. Hollande over French plans to sell Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.

Leaders in Poland and the Baltic republics hope President Obama promises additional forces beyond the relatively small deployments sent there in recent weeks. Polish leaders said they hoped President Obama would lay out a clear, unambiguous road map for dealing with a resurgent Russia.

“What we most need to hear from President Obama is what to do with Ukraine, how to deal with this new Russia,” said Aleksander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland. “We are not interested in a confrontation with the Russians. We are not interested in Cold War II. But we will have a difficult time getting through the next four or five months without very clear and very determined American leadership.”

Poland has spent the last decade shifting focus from Washington to Berlin and Brussels, while nursing a raft of grievances and disappointments over what it saw as America’s inattention and insensitivity. Warsaw bristled when President Obama canceled his predecessor’s plans to station interceptors in Poland as part of a missile defense system. But a reformulated missile defense program approved by President Obama will include a site in Poland.

Bohdan Szklarski, president of the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, said that the trip was “an opportunity for President Obama” but that he should avoid empty words. “When he is going over his speech, President Obama should cross out the platitudes we always hear, unless they are accompanied by something concrete,” he said.

Polish leaders said President Obama’s trip vindicated their longstanding warnings about Russia. “The usual interpretation of the Polish position in the past has been, oh, it is these crazy Poles expressing their usual disdain for Russia,” said Aleksander Smolar, president of the Stefan Batory Foundation, which advocates civic engagement. “Now, however, people are taking the Polish position more seriously.”

 

 

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The President’s 2014 Trip Itinerary To Europe: Poland, Belgium, And France, June 3rd To June 6th.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Poland, Belgium, and France

 

June 3 to June 6

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014.  While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism.  From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea.

 

The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine.  The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies.  Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

 

Trip Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 3

  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony at Warsaw Chopin Airport with President Komorowski, after which they meet American and Polish airmen.
  • President Obama and President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting at Belweder Palace, followed by a press conference.
  • Afterward, President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk have a bilateral meeting at the Polish Chancellery, followed by remarks to the press.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama and President Komorowski co-host a meeting of Central and European Leaders at the Presidential Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends an official dinner at the Royal Castle to honor Poland’s Solidarity movement.

 

 

Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

Via Conference Call

 

3:02 P.M. EDT

MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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President Obama returns to Europe in early June to meet with allies in Poland, Belgium, and France.

 

Obama will celebrate Polish independence, meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during the trip.

 

In Warsaw, Obama will honor the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of that nation’s rejection of communist rule.

 

On June 4-5, Obama will be in Brussels for a G-7 summit with the leaders of the Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany. The leaders organized this meeting after canceling a G-8 summit scheduled for Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine.

 

“The (G-7) leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security and development agenda, and follow up on their March 24th discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

 

The president will also attend a June 6 commemoration of D-Day on the beaches of France.

 

“The President greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the allies,” Carney said.

 

President Barack Obama will visit Poland, Belgium and France during a trip to Europe in June.

 

That’s according to Vice President Joe Biden. He’s announcing Obama’s itinerary during a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.

 

Biden says Obama will visit Poland for the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections there.

 

Obama will also travel to Brussels for consultations with the Group of 7 leaders. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, under the Group of 8 banner, but was scrapped as G-7 leaders sought to isolate Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

 

Biden says Obama will also travel to France for the June 6 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Monday

President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates. The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.

 

Tuesday

The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland. Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski. Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk. That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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From The New York Times:

 

With Ukraine Crisis Cooling, President Obama Sets Off to Soothe European Friends

 

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves for Europe on Monday night cautiously optimistic that the crisis in Ukraine has turned a corner, but he will find himself face to face with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for the first time since the two squared off in a Cold-War-style showdown in Eastern Europe.

 

President Obama’s trip to Poland, Belgium and France comes just days after Ukraine elected a pro-European president and Mr. Putin pulled Russian troops back from the border. American and European officials hope the developments have begun to defuse the crisis, and say they have decided to hold off any new sanctions on Russia absent fresh provocative action by Moscow.

 

In his speech at West Point last week, President Obama cited Ukraine as a successful example of uniting the international community against a mutual threat. Susan E. Rice, his national security adviser, sounded a similar theme on Sunday.

 

“The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine,” she said on “This Week,” an ABC News program. “That’s the kind of leadership that only the world’s greatest power can bring to bear.”

 

White House officials said the president would use the trip to meet with the new Ukrainian leader, Petro O. Poroshenko, and to reassure Central and Eastern European allies of American support against Russian aggression. He will consult with allies about next steps, including weaning Europe off Russian gas. But aides said Mr. Obama was not declaring victory in Ukraine.

 

“We believe that the situation continues to be a crisis,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. “There are people dying on a regular basis in eastern and southern Ukraine, given the violence perpetrated and initiated by separatist factions there. So by no means are we out of the woods on Ukraine.”

 

President Obama arrives in Warsaw on Tuesday to meet not only with Polish leaders but also with leaders from throughout the region who will converge there. On Wednesday, he will meet with Mr. Poroshenko for the first time since his election and then address a public rally celebrating the 25th anniversary of the elections in Poland that signaled the eventual end of Communist rule.Later that day Mr. Obama will fly to Brussels, where he will meet that night and Thursday with counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan in a reconstituted Group of 7. Their annual summit meeting was originally supposed to be hosted by Mr. Putin in Sochi, but Russia was suspended from the Group of 8 after the intervention in Ukraine.

 

If Mr. Putin is unwelcome in Brussels, however, he will be at President Obama’s next stop in Paris. President François Hollande of France plans to host Mr. Obama for dinner on Thursday and host Mr. Putin separately same evening. President Obama and Mr. Putin will both be at Normandy on Friday for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No meetings are scheduled, but aides did not rule out an unscripted conversation.

 

President Obama and the Europeans have struggled to stay together on sanctions, with the allies reluctant to jeopardize deeper economic ties with Russia and weary of confrontations beyond their borders. A survey by the Körber Foundation found that only 37 percent of Germans favor more involvement in international crises, compared with 62 percent in a comparable survey 20 years ago.

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is crucial to the coalition facing Russia. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister, called the Ukrainian election “a chance, but not a political solution to the conflict.”

British and French diplomats give President Obama high marks for handling the Ukraine crisis, although they said he came late to understanding the potential Russian threat. In Paris, officials anticipate tension between President Obama and Mr. Hollande over French plans to sell Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.

Leaders in Poland and the Baltic republics hope President Obama promises additional forces beyond the relatively small deployments sent there in recent weeks. Polish leaders said they hoped President Obama would lay out a clear, unambiguous road map for dealing with a resurgent Russia.

“What we most need to hear from President Obama is what to do with Ukraine, how to deal with this new Russia,” said Aleksander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland. “We are not interested in a confrontation with the Russians. We are not interested in Cold War II. But we will have a difficult time getting through the next four or five months without very clear and very determined American leadership.”

Poland has spent the last decade shifting focus from Washington to Berlin and Brussels, while nursing a raft of grievances and disappointments over what it saw as America’s inattention and insensitivity. Warsaw bristled when President Obama canceled his predecessor’s plans to station interceptors in Poland as part of a missile defense system. But a reformulated missile defense program approved by President Obama will include a site in Poland.

Bohdan Szklarski, president of the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, said that the trip was “an opportunity for President Obama” but that he should avoid empty words. “When he is going over his speech, President Obama should cross out the platitudes we always hear, unless they are accompanied by something concrete,” he said.

Polish leaders said President Obama’s trip vindicated their longstanding warnings about Russia. “The usual interpretation of the Polish position in the past has been, oh, it is these crazy Poles expressing their usual disdain for Russia,” said Aleksander Smolar, president of the Stefan Batory Foundation, which advocates civic engagement. “Now, however, people are taking the Polish position more seriously.”

 

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Obama Schedule || Monday, June 2, 2014

 

All times Eastern Standard Time

 

10:00 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.

 
10:45 AM: The President meets with senior advisors, the Oval Office.

 

12:45 PM: Press Secretary Jay Carny give the daily press briefing, the Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:00 PM: The President speaks on a conference call with public health groups about reducing carbon pollution from power plants, the Oval Office.

 
7:30 PM: The President departs White House for Warsaw, Poland. South Lawn & Joint Andrews Air Force Base.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.


 

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Previewing The President’s Trip To Europe: Poland, Belgium And France.

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben RhodesDeputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014.  While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism.  From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea.

 

The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine.  The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies.  Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

Via Conference Call

 

3:02 P.M. EDT

MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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President Obama returns to Europe in early June to meet with allies in Poland, Belgium, and France.

 

Obama will celebrate Polish independence, meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during the trip.

 

In Warsaw, Obama will honor the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of that nation’s rejection of communist rule.

 

On June 4-5, Obama will be in Brussels for a G-7 summit with the leaders of the Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany. The leaders organized this meeting after canceling a G-8 summit scheduled for Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine.

 

“The (G-7) leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security and development agenda, and follow up on their March 24th discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

 

The president will also attend a June 6 commemoration of D-Day on the beaches of France.

 

“The President greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the allies,” Carney said.

 

President Barack Obama will visit Poland, Belgium and France during a trip to Europe in June.

 

That’s according to Vice President Joe Biden. He’s announcing Obama’s itinerary during a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.

 

Biden says Obama will visit Poland for the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections there.

 

Obama will also travel to Brussels for consultations with the Group of 7 leaders. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, under the Group of 8 banner, but was scrapped as G-7 leaders sought to isolate Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

 

Biden says Obama will also travel to France for the June 6 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

 

 

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Monday

President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates. The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.

 

Tuesday

The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland. Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski. Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk. That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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Many friends and family are anxiously awaiting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return to Idaho.

 

 

 

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The VA report contributing to Shinseki resignation.

Read it here: VHA Access Audit Phase 1 Findings Report

 

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Phase One Access Audit from 12 May 2014 – 16 May 2014
 
This Access Audit and the immediate and longer term action plans address the Secretary ofDepartment of Veterans Affairs directive that the Veterans Health Administration conduct asystem-wide audit of scheduling and access management practices. This audit assesses theintegrity of these practices, makes recommendations about policies, and sets a course forsystem wide improvement.
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#Yesallwomen backlash

 

Published on Jun 1, 2014

Joanna Coles on the hashtag movement sparked by the Isla Vista shootings and the subsequent backlash against it.

 

 

 

The Average Heroin User Is The Opposite Of What You Think

 

Published on Jun 1, 2014

“Contrary to what researchers reported 50 years ago, today’s average first-time heroin user isn’t a 16-year-old male of color. She’s actually much more likely to be a 23-year-old white woman. This, researchers conclude in a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry, represents “a marked shift in the demographics of heroin users seeking treatment over the past several decades.”

 

According to the study, caucasian women and men have embraced prescription pills as their drug of choice. But heroin, which is much cheaper, eventually becomes more attractive. This means the drug once considered a “first opioid of abuse” is now more widely viewed as a last resort — and a popular one at that.

 

Notably, heroin use in women has “increased from what was a very small percentage of about 20 percent back in the ’50s to about 52 percent of the current population [of heroin users],” says lead study author and Washington University neuropharmacologist Theodore Cicero.

 

 

 

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Previewing The President’s Trip To Europe: Poland, Belgium And France.


 

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Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014.  While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism.  From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea.

 

The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine.  The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies.  Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

Via Conference Call

 

3:02 P.M. EDT

MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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President Obama returns to Europe in early June to meet with allies in Poland, Belgium, and France.

 

Obama will celebrate Polish independence, meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during the trip.

 

In Warsaw, Obama will honor the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of that nation’s rejection of communist rule.

 

On June 4-5, Obama will be in Brussels for a G-7 summit with the leaders of the Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany. The leaders organized this meeting after canceling a G-8 summit scheduled for Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine.

 

“The (G-7) leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security and development agenda, and follow up on their March 24th discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

 

The president will also attend a June 6 commemoration of D-Day on the beaches of France.

 

“The President greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the allies,” Carney said.

 

President Barack Obama will visit Poland, Belgium and France during a trip to Europe in June.

 

That’s according to Vice President Joe Biden. He’s announcing Obama’s itinerary during a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.

 

Biden says Obama will visit Poland for the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections there.

 

Obama will also travel to Brussels for consultations with the Group of 7 leaders. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, under the Group of 8 banner, but was scrapped as G-7 leaders sought to isolate Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

 

Biden says Obama will also travel to France for the June 6 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

 

 

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