Rice meets with NATO chief after reported Obama snub
National Security Advisor Susan Rice met Thursday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, one day after President Obama reportedly snubbed the alliance chief after he requested a meeting.
The two discussed transatlantic security issues, progress on commitments from the 2014 Wales Summit, and plans for the next NATO Summit in 2016, the White House said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Bloomberg View reported Tuesday that Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting with Obama in advance of his scheduled visit to Washington this week, but did not receive any response from the White House. Instead, Bloomberg View reported that Stoltenberg had to settle for a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
The White House on Wednesday dismissed the report about the snub as inaccurate.
"Those reports are entirely false," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
Rice conveyed Obama's invitation to meet with Stoltenberg in May, the statement said.