The world is headed to New York City this week for the 67th annual United Nations General Assembly. The session is scheduled to begin tomorrow where President Obama will speak exactly six weeks before the U.S. election. Obama will however skip traditional private meetings with foreign counterparts but will be appearing on the TV talk-show "The View" on Monday with his wife. Instead Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be holding meetings with some of the visiting world leaders. CNN’s Elise Labott joins “Early Start” this morning to discuss the latest.
Clinton “is going to be meeting with the president of Libya today to talk about how they would protect U.S. diplomats in Tripoli in the wake of that consulate attack,” says Labott. “She’s going to be meeting with the presidents of Yemen, Tunisia – no one is going to be meeting with President Morsi,” adds Labott.
Labott further explains that while past presidents running for re-election have held Bilateral Meetings at UNGA, President Obama is “not really inclined to.” Labott says, “I think what’s happening right now is you see a lot of criticism from Prime Minister Netanyahu of President Obama about doing what he said …these red lines on Iran – how far would Iran go before the U.S. would get involved? President Obama not really inclined to give… Prime Minister Netanyahu a meeting and so [Obama’s] not meeting anybody.”
- CNN’s Elise Labott reports