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September 24th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

CNN's Elise Labott on the U.N. General Assembly and Obama's decision not to hold private meetings with world leaders

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

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Barry Smith

    I just watched Elise a few minutes ago, now Sept. 25, ( video above from yesterday ) and Elise says that Obama trashed Mitt on the View when Barbara Walters asks President Obama something like ..what would happen to America if Mitt won? President Obama did NOT trash Mitt with his answer. Elise, you need to listen better. You must be a Repub.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:37 am | Reply

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