During the 8 hour flight from Washington to Prague, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and speechwriter Ben Rhodes briefed members of the traveling press. The President stopped by briefly to joke that Rhodes "sounds like he knows what he's talking about" but Mr. Obama turned down press wishes to stay and take some questions.
Gibbs told reporters, the administration negotiating team will brief members of the Senate later on Thursday and he is optimistic the agreement will be ratified by the Senate later this year. Mr. Gibbs declined to give a timeline for the ratification but hopes it will be include a majority like other previous treaties.
OFF CAMERA gagglewith White House Press Secrtary Robert Gibbs and Speechwriter Ben Rhodes in conference room. Obama stopped by briefly to joke that Rhodes "sounds like he knows what he's talking about" but turned down our entreaties to stay and take some questions.
Gibbs: brian mckeon of biden's office has a blog on white housse website explaining treaty. Treaty langauge available after signing. Later today admin negotiating team will brief senate.
Rhodes: goes thru schedule -- nothing new.
Medvedev and obama will talk about a range of nuclear issues anbd iran will be one of those. The sanctions details are being negotiated in new york., the white house believes russia is already on board, and they do not expect any pronouncments on it after today's bilat.
Gibbs: hopes will be ratified this year with large bipartisan majority like past nuke treaties -- will not give time line, just this year.
President has been briefed on Kyrgyzsta
President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev will talk about a range of nuclear issues and Iran will be one of those. While sanction details are being negotiated in New York, the White House believes Russia is already on board, and they do not expect any pronouncements on it after today's bilateral meeting.
President has been briefed on the situation in Kyrgyzstan where the government was overthrown Wednesday.