Romney: Obama’s ‘Flexibility’ Comment to Russian President ‘Alarming and Troubling’

By Melanie Arter | March 27, 2012 | 3:34 PM EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (AP Photo)

( – GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said Monday that President Barack Obama’s comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev – which was picked up by a microphone unbeknownst to either leader – that Obama would have “more flexibility” after the election to deal with missile defense is “alarming and troubling.”

Obama and Medvedev were meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, when that part of their conversation was picked up by the microphone.

“The president happened to be somewhere where the microphone was left open. You may have heard that. It can be revealing. In this case, it was. He was speaking with Mr. Medvedev or Russia, and he said, ‘This is my last election. I can be more flexible after the election is over,’” Romney said, speaking to supporters at a rally in San Diego, Calif.

“Now when the president of the United States is speaking with the leader of Russia, saying he could be more flexible after the election, that is an alarming and troubling development,” he added.

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“This is no time for our president to be pulling his punches with the American people and not telling us what he’s intending to do with regards to our missile defense system, with regards to our military might, and with regards to our commitment to Israel, and with regards to our absolute conviction that Iran must have a nuclear weapon,” Romney said.

“I will make it very clear that the relationship we have around the world is one where America will be strong, that America’s strength and commitment to our friends and allies will be unshakeable and unwavering,” the former Massachusetts governor added.