Reporting from Washington — A day after President Obama’s hushed remarks to a Russian leader sparked outrage from GOP circles, House Speaker John A. Boehner backed off the criticism, and suggested Mitt Romney should do the same, while the president is traveling abroad.
“While the president's overseas, I think it's appropriate that -- that people not be critical of him or of our country,” Boehner said Tuesday.
Obama was captured on a live microphone telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he would have “more flexibility” to negotiate on a missile defense system in Europe after the fall elections. Leaders were gathered in Seoul for a nuclear security summit.
Romney called the presidents remarks “troubling” and “alarming,” during a CNN interview Monday evening, and the Republican presidential candidate accused Obama of “telling us one thing and doing something else” in talks over a missile defense system in Europe.