WASHINGTON (CNN)– The ongoing crises in Japan and Libya gave the White House a plate-full of issues to deal with this week. Take a look.
Brasilia, Brazil (CNN) - Just hours after declaring the US would join a "strong" coalition to launch military action against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi if necessary, President Obama is heading to a country that abstained from joining the coalition that passed the critical United Nations Security Council vote authorizing force.
Obama is scheduled to arrive here in Brazil on Saturday for a bilateral meeting at the Grand Planalto Palace with President Dilma Vana Rousseff, the first female leader of Brazil, one of just five nations that voted to abstain on Thursday night's vote before the U.N. Security Council.
A Brazilian official told CNN that Rousseff's government believes U.N. Resolution 1973 is too wide in scope. In addition to a potential no-fly zone over Libya, the resolution also allows member nations to take "any means necessary" against the Libyan government.
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(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Friday to immediately stop the "brutal repression" of Libyan civilians or face military consequences from a unified international community.
A cease-fire must be implemented immediately. and government troops must be pulled back from the cities of Ajdabiya, Misrata and Zawiya, Obama declared at the White House. Electricity, water and gas must be restored to all parts of the country, he said, and international humanitarian assistance must also be allowed.
"These terms are not negotiable," Obama declared. If Gadhafi fails to comply, "the international community will impose consequences." FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden has tapped another journalist to be his communications director.
Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray will step into her new role “next month” according to a statement from the vice president’s office.
In announcing his choice, Mr. Biden praised the veteran journalist. “She is as well respected among her peers as she is versed in the serious issues facing our nation and the world.”
Murray follows Jay Carney who left that position to become White House press secretary after longtime Obama spokesman and confidant Robert Gibbs departed to become an outside adviser and cheerleader for the president.
JUST IN: The president is expected to deliver a statement on Libya before leaving the country for Latin America later tonight.
Of the UN Security Council resolution regarding Libya, the White House issued a paper statement last night describing the president’s calls with UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, where they “agreed that Libya must immediately comply with all terms of the resolution and that violence against the civilian population of Libya must cease. The leaders agreed to coordinate closely on next steps, and to continue working with Arab and other international partners to ensure the enforcement of UN Security Council resolutions on Libya.”
After the Presidential Daily Briefing, Obama will conduct taped interviews with three local U.S. stations (WSOC Charlotte, WSVN Miami and WPVI Philadelphia) focusing on his upcoming Latin America trip.
Finally, late tonight, the First Family will leave for the president’s trip to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. They are expected to land in Brazil Saturday morning.
There is no press briefing scheduled today.
Read the schedule, as released by the White House last night, below: