We don’t condition whether we make the effort to get them back.” ‘Dead silence’ Meanwhile, the administration made sure word got out of the threat to Bergdahl’s life if any information on the swap went public ahead of time. Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, told CNN that administration briefers made clear both the threat to Bergdahl from a leak and that he could talk about it. “They had intelligence that, had even the fact of these discussions leaked out, there was a reasonable chance Bowe Bergdahl would have been killed,” King said. “And that was one of the pieces of information that we learned yesterday that gave it some credence in terms of why it had to be kept quiet so long.” A Senate aide took that further, telling CNN on condition of not being identified that senators were told in Wednesday’s classified briefing that the United States had credible information that leaked word of the deal meant death for Bergdahl.
President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leaders lunch. It was an informal conversation not a formal bilateral meeting, Rhodes said. Obama and Putin Draw Cheers and Laughs When They Smile on Split Screen Obama and Putin were first spotted together at a picture for the heads of state attending the luncheon, including Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a white and green dress with a green hat. In the group photo, Obama and Putin stood with three people between them. (Regis Duvignau/AP Photo) As the leaders started to return to the Chateau, http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net Obama checked on Queen Elizabeth while Putin spoke with Hollande.
Obama to Take Executive Steps on Student Loans – ABC News
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. President Barack Obama used the college commencement season Saturday to get behind Senate Democratic legislation that would let college graduates with heavy debts refinance their loans. The Senate is expected to debate the legislation next week, but it faces significant obstacles.
Obama visits Omaha Beach on 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day – NY Daily News
He said he would pay for the initiative by closing certain tax loopholes for millionaires, an idea long sought by Democrats to pay for a variety of programs but repeatedly rebuffed by Republicans. Members of Congress will have to choose whether to “protect young people from crushing debt, or protect tax breaks for millionaires,” he said. Obama also plans to announce he’s directing the government to renegotiate contracts with federal student loan servicers to encourage them to make it easier for borrowers to avoid defaulting on their loans. And he will ask the Treasury and Education departments to work with major tax preparers, including H&R Block and the makers of TurboTax, to increase awareness about tuition tax credits and flexible repayment options available to borrowers. At the same time, Obama will use the Rose Garden appearance on Monday to amplify his call for lawmakers to pass more sweeping legislation that would let college graduates with heavy debts refinance their loans. The Senate is expected to debate the legislation next week, but it faces significant obstacles.
Obama and Putin Talk At D-Day Celebration – ABC News
Putin also had a 15-minute meeting with Poroshenko about ending the violence in the former Soviet state. The new Ukrainian leader said talks could begin Sunday raising hopes for an easing of the crisis. Before their lunch encounter, Obama and Putin seemed to go out of their way to give each other the cold shoulder. As the world leaders gathered for a photo, Obama and Putin ignored each other, even though they were just feet apart in the front row, separated by two queens and French President Francois Hollande. Thibault Camus/AP A group of military enthusiasts stand on Omaha Beach.