WH: Obama has ‘utmost confidence’ in UK’s Olympic preparation

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama, in the wake of Mitt Romney discussing the “disconcerting” problems at the London Olympics, said through his spokesman that he has “the utmost confidence” that the 2012 Olympics will be a success.

“In keeping with our special relationship, the president made it clear that he has the utmost confidence in the United Kingdom [to host the Olympics],” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the beginning of today’s press briefing.

Carney denied that the readout was a shot at Romney. “I’m just trying to fill you in on the president’s day,” he told reporters when asked about the timing of the show of confidence. The denial drew laughter from the press corps.

Romney displayed less certitude about the London games. “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” Romney told NBC. “There are a few things that were disconcerting: the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron told British press that he would tell Romney, at their meeting today,  that “we’ve not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.”

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