February 28th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In an off camera gaggle with reporters today, White House spokesman Jay Carney reiterated the Administration's weekend declaration in a written statement that Libyan leader Gadhafi should step down.
"I think our position, the president's position is very clear and stark about the Gadhafi regime, the need for transition to take place now," Carney said, adding that "exile is certainly one option for him to effect that change."
Carney would not speculate as to whether or not the U.S. would help facilitate Gadhafi's departure.
In addition to the sanctions against Libya announced late last week, Carney said that a no-fly zone "is an option we are actively considering, discussing with allies and partners."
When asked if the U.S. was coordinating with any rebel groups in the country, Carney responded that the Administration is "activey reaching out to those in Libya who are working to bring about a government that respects the rights and meets the aspirations of the Libyan people," but added that it's "premature" to recognize one group or another.
Carney refused to discuss the agenda of President Obama's meeting later this afternoon with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, only saying that Libya "will definitely be on the agenda."
The meeting is closed to editorial members of the press, but Carney said that US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, will be on hand to give a readout of the meeting at today's regular press briefing.