Tag: White House

White House against increasing aid to Israel

The White House announced on Tuesday that it opposes the addition of $455 million to the budget to finance Israel’s anti-missile defense, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.   The announcement came following a decision by Congress to increase the aid to Israel, and in light of the disagreements between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government on […]

White House backs Biden’s criticism of Israel

The White House on Tuesday backed the harsh remarks against Israel made by Vice President Joe Biden a day earlier.   Biden, who addressed the J Street conference in Washington, expressed what he called the Obama administration’s “overwhelming frustration” with Israel.   “The present course Israel’s on is not one that’s likely to secure its […]

White House: Obama ‘cleared the air’ with Saudi Arabia

The White House moved to tamp down suggestions that ties with Saudi Arabia are fraying, with administration officials saying that President Barack Obama “really cleared the air” with King Salman at a meeting Wednesday.   Yet even as White House officials stressed that the leaders made progress, a prominent member of the Saudi royal family […]

White House to lay out ‘next chapter’ for ObamaCare

The White House is looking to avoid a partisan flare-up as it rings in the sixth anniversary of ObamaCare.   In a series of events this week, the Obama administration will look beyond the law’s central issues of access and affordability and explore the “next chapter” of healthcare reform.   Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

Is Biden’s Israel visit opening shot for White House bid?

US Vice President Joe Biden will start his five-day Middle East tour in Israel Tuesday, March 8, by presenting the multibillion financial and defense aid package promised by the Obama administration to redress the imbalance in Israeli security generated by the nuclear deal with Iran. DEBKAfile’s sources report that Prime Minister’s Binyamin Netanyahu was also […]

White House Says It Has Not ‘Reached’ Determination That ISIS Slaughter of Christians Is Genocide

Asked on Monday if Islamic State terrorists are carrying out a campaign of genocide against Syria’s Christians, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the word genocide “involves a very specific legal determination that has, at this point, not been reached.”   He condemned the terrorists’ “willingness to target religious minorities, including Christians.”   Earnest noted […]

Despite carbon ruling, White House says U.S. can meet climate deal goals

The White House promised on Wednesday that it would be able to uphold U.S. commitments to an international climate change agreement, as a court ruling heightened concerns about the stability of the global carbon reduction pact reached last year.   Shares of coal companies reflected the uncertainty the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. […]

White House rallies public, private efforts to prepare for devastating earthquakes

Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration on Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit.   Private foundation grants will fund new research at universities in California and Washington state, the Forest Service will streamline the placement of seismic monitoring […]

U.S. Fortifying Europe’s East to Deter Putin

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russia from further aggression in the region.   The White House plans to pay for the additional weapons and […]

White House Disputes North Korea’s Claim of Hydrogen Bomb Test

The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea for its nuclear test on Wednesday, but there was no evidence yet that the North’s most powerful backer, China, was willing to stiffen sanctions in a way that could push the unpredictable country to the point of collapse or slow its nuclear progress.   As the question […]