President Barack Obama ’s spokesman said the Egyptian government must ensure the rights of its citizens to peacefully protest and again condemned violence that killed at least six demonstrators in Cairo overnight.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has an “obligation” to avoid violence amid protests against his government and he should seize the street demonstrations as an opportunity to enact political reforms, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
The Obama administration won’t rule out future trials for terrorism suspects in civilian courts after a New York jury convicted an alleged al-Qaeda bomber on only one of 285 counts in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
Harm from the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will “take years to fix,” and the company has been billed $69 million by the U.S. government for costs so far, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.
President Barack Obama will make a statement on the General Motors Co . initial public offering, which showed the bailout of the automaker was a “clear success,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The Obama administration stepped up pressure on President Hosni Mubarak ’s government to address the “legitimate grievances” of the Egyptian people and said the U.S. is reviewing aid as widespread protests continue.
The Obama administration is ready to impose “targeted sanctions” to ramp up pressure on Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to accept his defeat in a Nov. 28 election, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.