White House Spokeman Won't Say Whether Obama Thinks Weiner Should Resign
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama believes Rep. Anthony Weiner's actions have been "inappropriate" and a "distraction."
But spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't say whether the president thinks the New York Democrat should resign — something other Democratic leaders have called for but which Weiner is resisting.
Carney was asked about Weiner and his sex scandal by reporters traveling with Obama to North Carolina on Monday.
Carney, who'd previously declined comment, said Obama feels Weiner's actions and dishonesty have been inappropriate and are a distraction. But Carney said the president is focused on his jobs agenda. Carney said Congress is addressing the issue.
Weiner is on a temporary leave of absence, in treatment for an undisclosed disorder. He has acknowledged exchanging messages and photos with several women online.