President Obama met with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday, but apparently they talked purely about foreign affairs, leaving conversations about Obama’s new climate plan and immigration reform for another day.
Obama met for nearly an hour at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“Today’s meeting at the White House was exclusively on matters of foreign policy,” a Boehner aide said after the meeting. “The president briefed the leaders on a number of issues and events taking place around the globe, and the speaker appreciated the courtesy.”
Boehner’s office provided no further details about the gathering.
There is hardly a shortage of conversation topics in the foreign arena. The meeting came as U.S. officials continue their attempts to bring National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States and as the Obama administration quietly provides light arms and ammunition to the anti-government rebels in Syria.
Obama departs for a weeklong trip to Africa on Wednesday, which could be complicated by the deteriorating health of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The president hasn’t met with the four leaders together since early March.