President Barack Obama scolded a reporter at the White House on Tuesday after she asked him about reports that suggest the U.S. military may soon train the “moderate” rebels in Syria.
Obama had just finished talking with students and taking pictures at the White House’s science fair exhibit when he reportedly fielded the Syria question from Real Clear Politics reporter Alexis Simendinger.
“I’m sorry, we’re doing a science fair,” Obama said. “Come on, come on.”
The president then left the room. Watch the exchange below:
The Associated Press has more on the possible plan to train rebels in Syria:
President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.
The step, which could be announced as early as Wednesday, would send a limited number of American troops to Jordan to be part of a regional training mission that would instruct carefully vetted members of the Free Syrian Army on tactics, including counterterrorism operations, the officials said. They said Obama has not yet given final approval for the initiative, and that there is still internal discussion about its merits and potential risks.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss administration deliberations.
Featured image via AP. Video via Charlie Spiering
(H/T: Free Beacon)