Posts Tagged ‘military

27
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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President Barack Obama returns to the White House after visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

10
Aug
16

‘You Too, Honey’

02
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

9AM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House

10:05AM: President Obama holds a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

11:40AM: President Obama and Prime Minister Loong hold a press conference

8:40PM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hold a State Dinner for Prime Minister Loong and Mrs. Loong

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01
Aug
16

‘An Attack On All Gold Star Families’

29
Jul
16

The America We Know

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23
Jul
16

All Who Want To Serve Are Welcome. Thanks, President Obama

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Helene Cooper: Pentagon Set To Lift Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

The Pentagon next month will announce the repeal of a policy banning transgender people from serving openly in the military, Defense Department officials said on Friday, moving to end what has widely been seen as one of the last barriers to service. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. A year ago, he directed officials from all the military branches to determine what changes would be needed to lift the ban, in a tacit recognition that thousands of transgender people were already in uniform. Under the Pentagon’s plan, first reported by USA Today, each branch will put in place policies covering recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.

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Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association, a support network for partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops and veterans, said in a statement that “our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief.” Estimates of the number of transgender people in the 1.2 million-member military range from 2,000 to more than 15,000. As with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that applied to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals until it was lifted in 2011, current rules have done little to keep transgender people out of the military. Instead, they have forced many to lie about their status and keep it a secret. Since taking the defense secretary post in February 2015, Mr. Carter has set about dismantling discriminatory rules in the services, including opening all combat positions to women. This week, Eric K. Fanning formally took over as Army secretary, becoming the first openly gay leader of a military service branch.

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs a soldier as he greets military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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18
Jul
16

The President’s Day

Vietnam War veteran Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama after he was presented with the Medal of Honor at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony for Vietnam War veteran Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles, not pictured, at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama points to cameras after presenting the Medal of Honor to retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles(L) listen as the citation is read during a presents the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles during a Medal of Honor ceremony for the Vietnam War veteran at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

US President Barack Obama stands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama stands with retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, after presenting him with the Medal Of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles during a Medal of Honor ceremony for the Vietnam War veteran at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Kettles led helicopter flights carrying reinforcements to U.S. soldiers and is credited with helping to save 40 soldiers and four members of his unit. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama shares a laugh with retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, after presenting him with the Medal Of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kettles who was a UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War displayed extraordinary heroism, and is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired US Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles after presenting him with the Medal of Homor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. Lt. Colonel Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Vietnam. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

10
Jul
16

The President’s Day In Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) waves his hand ahead of his meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (not seen) at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: King Felipe VI of Spain (R) receives US President Barack Obama (L) at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a bilateral meeting with Spain's King Felipe (R) at the Palacio Real de Madrid in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama takes part in a bilateral meeting with Spain’s King Felipe at the Palacio Real de Madrid in Madrid, Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: US President Barack Obama give a speech at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: King Felipe VI of Spain (L) receives US President Barack Obama (R) at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a bilateral meeting with Spain's King Felipe (R) at the Palacio Real de Madrid in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: US President Barack Obama give a speech at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: King Felipe VI of Spain (R) receives US President Barack Obama (L) at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: King Felipe VI of Spain (R) receives US President Barack Obama (L) at The Royal Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas - Pool/Getty Images)

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) shakes hand with US president Barack Obama at Moncloa palace in Madrid on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with Spain's interim prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a bilateral meeting at Moncloa palace in Madrid on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks with Spain’s interim prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a bilateral meeting at Moncloa palace in Madrid

US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with Spain's interim prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a bilateral meeting at Moncloa palace in Madrid on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) receives U.S. President Barack Obama (R) at Moncloa Palace on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Spain's interim prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a bilateral meeting at Moncloa palace in Madrid on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2nd L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) pose for a photograph before their meeting at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain on July 10, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: US President Barack Obama departs from Torrejon Airport to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Garcia-Margallo (R) walks with US President Barack Obama (L) to the Air Force One as Barack Obama departs from Madrid to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz on 10 July, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Garcia-Margallo (2ndR) accompanies US president Barack Obama (L) on his way to his plane at Torrejon de Ardoz airport on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Garcia-Margallo walks with President Barack Obama to the Air Force One as Barack Obama departs from Madrid to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz

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US president Barack Obama (C) waves past Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Garcia-Margallo (R), on his way to his plane at Torrejon de Ardoz airport on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: US President Barack Obama departs from Torrejon Airport to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz on July 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen on Thursday. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (C) arrives to tour the USS Ross Navy ship at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (R) chats with a soldier as he tours the USS Ross Navy ship at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (C) listens to a commander as he tours the USS Ross Navy ship at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama listens to a commander as he tours the USS Ross Navy ship at the Naval Station Rota

US President Barack Obama (C) leaves the USS Ross Navy ship after a visit on board, at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ROTA, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

US president Barack Obama speaks to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016 Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

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US president Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016 Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

ROTA, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

US president Barack Obama waves after speaking to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016 Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

ROTA, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

ROTA, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

ROTA, SPAIN - JULY 10: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he visits Rota naval base on July 10, 2016 in Rota, Spain. President Obama arrived yesterday from the NATO summit in Warsaw and has reportedly had to shorten his first official visit to Spain after the Dallas shootings which killed five policemen. (Photo by Niccolo Guasti/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (R) greets attendees after speaking to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (3rdR) greets attendees after speaking to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016. Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US president Barack Obama laughs after speaking to service members at the Naval Station Rota, in Rota, southwestern Spain on July 10, 2016 Obama said he will cut short a foreign trip and visit Dallas next week as the shooting rampage by the black army veteran, who said he wanted to kill white cops, triggered urgent calls to mend troubled race relations in the United States. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

06
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House. President Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still “precarious” security situation in the war-ravaged country

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama departs with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) after delivering a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

21
Jun
16

The President’s Day

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US President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

US President Barack Obama walks to a motorcade to travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on June 21, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Joshua Roberts - Pool/Getty Images)

 

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Marine One after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D., U.S. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: U.S. President Barack Obama return to the White House June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama spent the afternoon visiting wounded members of the U.S. military at the Walter Reed Medical Center. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)




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