Little time remains before President Obama is scheduled to deliver his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Other world leaders like Sect. General Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande are also scheduled to speak. The white house says Obama is expected to send a clear message that the united states will never retreat from the world and will bring justice to those who harm Americans amidst recent attack in Benghazi. some are however questioning the president’s decision to not hold private meetings with world leaders and making an appearance on ‘the view.’ (D-FL) Fmr. Congressman Robert Wexler is an Obama Campaign Surrogate and joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss Obama’s foreign policy report card.
Despite Obama’s decision to not hold private talks during UNGA, Wexler says, Obama “constantly engages with leaders all across the world.” “In the last few weeks he has talked great lengths with the president of Egypt – with the prime minister of Israel, leaders in Libya, in Yemen, in Afghanistan,” adds Wexler.
Wexler says “this is a president who has a stellar record on foreign policy and is constantly engaged with his peers across the world in Europe, in Asia and so forth.”
CNN’s Elise Labott says while it might be true that Obama talks with world leaders, she still believes he made an error in judgment in not holding high-level talks at the United Nations General Assembly. “It looks as if the president is saying, I checked this box. I’m sewn up on the foreign policy aspect and I want to connect with the American viewers in a different way.”