Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno at the Oval Office Wednesday morning to get a first-hand account of conditions in Iraq from the top commander for the country.
Odierno is responsible for determining the pace of withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. But the administration has said the deadline - the end of August - remains on schedule despite the recent spike in violence there.
"We plan for everything. But right now, every expectation is that we will meet the 50,000 as of the first of September," said Secretary Robert Gates on May 20.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Saturday found that 64 percent of Americans favor the president's plan to keep just 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of the summer, with 35 percent opposed.
But the national poll indicated that support for the planned removal could drop significantly if Iraq cannot solve its current problems in time.
With the reduction of troops, the U.S. now has more troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since 2003.