Obama: World Cup Shaping Foreign Policy

Image: Obama: World Cup Shaping Foreign Policy President Barack Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett watch the U.S. and Germany World Cup soccer match while aboard Air Force One on June 26.

Friday, 27 Jun 2014 09:08 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama watched the U.S. soccer team lose to Germany on Thursday in the World Cup and then said the world's most-watched sporting event is shaping foreign policy.

"We had elements, which I won't detail, of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview. "Phone calls, meetings, initiatives we had to think about."

While watching the game with White House aides Valerie Jarrett, Dan Pfeiffer, Josh Earnest, and other senior staff members, Obama called the last World Cup in 2010 "a breakthrough moment" for soccer in the United States.

"The U.S. exceeded expectations," Obama said. "This year you get a sense it has captured popular imagination."

Saying the American team had gone from being a "nonfactor" to a "middle of the pack team," he added, "We're not Germany yet, or Italy or France, or Argentina or Brazil. But we're now in the mix."

The interview was due to air on "Good Morning America" on Friday morning and on "This Week" Sunday morning.

The United States lost 1-0 to Germany during group play of the tournament being held in Brazil, but still made it into the knockout round of 16 teams and will play Belgium on Tuesday.

Urgent: Do You Approve of Obama's Handling of Foreign Policy? Vote Here


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

House Scrambles for Last-Minute Save of Border Bill

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 19:55 PM

Senate legislation giving President Barack Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant . . .

Joe Lieberman: America Risks Alliances, Security, Freedom

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:41 AM

America has "reacted ambivalently, slowly or not at all" in crises around the globe, and it's not only risking important . . .

Truce Crumbles: 40 Killed in Gaza, Rockets Hit Israel

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:20 AM

A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved