President Obama will address the growing tensions with Russia for the first time since his decision to not attend a summit in Moscow. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.
Amid lingering questions about the United States’ relationship with Russia and the closure of Middle East embassies prompted by a terror threat earlier this month, President Barack Obama will hold a news conference Friday at the White House.
The president confirmed the news conference during a meeting with Greece’s prime minister, directing reporters to save their questions for Friday’s event.
“I'm going to be having a press conference tomorrow so why don't you ask me that question tomorrow?” he said as members of the press asked about Russian president Vladimir Putin.
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President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House August 8, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The White House said the news conference would be held at 3 pm ET in the East Room.
During an interview Tuesday on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” Obama addressed some questions about the Russian relationship as well as about the controversial NSA monitoring program and accused intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
He told host Jay Leno that he was “disappointed” Russia granted Snowden a temporary asylum and described “underlying challenges” in U.S.-Russia relations.
“There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality,” he added.
On the suspected al Qaida terror threat that closed more than a dozen U.S. embassies abroad, the president told Leno, “Terrorists depend on the idea that we’re going to be terrorized. And we’re going to live our lives ... But there are things that we can do to make sure that we’re keeping the pressure on these networks that would try to injure Americans. ”
Obama also spoke Wednesday to an audience of Marines at Camp Pendleton in California, where he again commented on the ongoing terror threat, vowing that the United States will not retreat from its involvement abroad.
“We don't get terrorized," he insisted.
The president also addressed the effects of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration and the problem of sexual assaults within the U.S. military.
The Obama family is scheduled to begin an eight-day vacation at Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday.
This story was originally published on Thu Aug 8, 2013 5:19 PM EDT