President Barack Obama offered a private request Monday to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some “space” on missile defense ahead of November’s elections.Oh, great. Now we have the President telling the Russians that he can do more of what they want on missile defense once he gets reelected and doesn't have to worry about American voters disapproving of what he wants to do.
“On all these issues, particularly on missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a TV pool reporter who heard audio recorded by a Russian reporter who was in the room moments before the two leaders spoke to reporters after their 90-minute meeting.
“Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you,” Medvedev responded.
A U.S. pool video camera in the room caught part of the audio, but not the piece about missile defense.
“This is my last election,” Obama said in audio that could be heard on the TV pool’s recording and that POLITICO listened to. “After my election I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev told Obama he understood and “will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Monday, March 26, 2012
Reporters caught this exchange between President Obama and Dmitry Medvedev.