March 16th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama phoned the kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Wednesday to express his “deep concern” over the violence in Bahrain, and received a separate briefing from the head of the U.S. nuclear regulatory agency about the worsening situation in Japan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
In his calls to both kings, Obama urged “maximum restraint,” and stressed the importance of a political process as the only way for the Bahraini people to legitimately address their political grievances, and as a means for a more stable Bahrain that is more responsive to its people, according to Carney. Security forces in Bahrain Wednesday stormed the main hospital and were seen beating doctors, as well as demonstrators in the main square in the country’s capital, witnesses told CNN.
On Monday, troops from both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered Bahrain to “protect the safety” of its citizens, according to the Bahraini government.
Jaczko told Obama the NRC was recommending all U.S. citizens within a 50 mile radius of the reactor to evacuate. Carney said this was the same advice the agency would give if the situation were occurring in the United States.
Jaczko interrupted his testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to travel to the White House to brief the president.