WH: Obama Would Be Pleased to Meet With Refugees on Trip to Europe, If There's Time

By Susan Jones | October 28, 2016 | 6:03am EDT
President Obama has said he will miss Air Force One when he returns to civilian life. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama plans to leave the country the week after the presidential election. His first stop will be Greece on Nov. 15, followed by Germany on Nov. 17, and in both places, he's expected to discuss Europe's refugee crisis.

Will he be meeting with refugees? a reporter asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday.

"At this point, I don't know whether or not the president will meet with refugees," Earnest replied.

"You may recall that when the president traveled to Malaysia at the end of last year, he had an opportunity to visit a non-profit in Kuala Lumpur that was providing for the basic needs of people who had fled to Malaysia from other countries around the world.

"Many of the people that he met with were actually refugees who were in Malaysia who had been approved to move to the United States and as somebody who had the benefit of witnessing that event, it was a really powerful experience.

"So, if there's time on the president's schedule for him to meet with refugees who fled to Europe then I'm sure he would be pleased to have the opportunity to do so."

The final trip on the president's schedule is Peru. He's expected there on Nov. 18 for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

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