March 19th, 2011
09:25 AM ET
BRASILIA, Brazil (CNN) - After recent tension over President Obama breaking with tradition by hosting world leaders at the White House but not taking any questions from the media during those sessions, administration officials were eager to boast that he would be holding several news conferences on his three-nation trip to Latin America.
"So I'd just note for your planning purposes, we'll be having three press conferences with each of the leaders," said Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. "So there will be that opportunity."
Well actually that opportunity has already started to close on Day One of Obama's trip.
March 18th, 2011
07:14 PM ET
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.