June 19th, 2013
12:27 PM ET
10 months ago

Five key points from Obama's news conference in Berlin

(CNN) – After U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed hot-button issues like America's surveillance programs during his visit to Berlin on Wednesday, the leaders addressed them with reporters.

Obama visited Germany, the United States' largest European trading partner, after attending a G8 conference earlier this week in Northern Ireland. Below is a quick look at what Obama said Wednesday - a few hours before he spoke to the public at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate - on European concerns about U.S. surveillance programs, Russia's disagreement with the United States over Syria, and more:

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  1. Concerned Educator, Mississippi

    What an awesome address! Continue to lead and work on behalf of the American people. Hillary 2016!

    June 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. it must be said

    It must be nice to pack up the 747, go on vacation, get away from all the scandals, spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars while the White Hours tours are shut down for kids. This guy is such a joke. An 8 year bad joke on the entire country. Thanks Democrats.

    June 19, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. saywhat

    Can't say that Pr.Obama's rapport with the people of E.Germany has been re established.
    They and majority in the western world don't eye our actions in Afghanistan, surveillance ,Gitmo etc trustingly.

    June 19, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    FBI ADMITS: WE WATCH WITH DRONES
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    The Obama Administration. Continuing to shred the 4th amendment with all the others.

    June 19, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Most of the American public has no idea of the importance of Syria to the Russians. Russia has a warm water naval port on the Syrian coast, which is a rarity for them. Most of their navy is comprised of subs going under the artic ice.

    Most of those calling for a "no-fly" zone don't realize that Syria has state of the art, anti-aircraft defenses: some of the best the Russians have to offer. After all, the Russians have to protect their naval base. People have no clue about the expense of a "no-fly" zone, which would cost at least $50 million per week. Some estimates put that figure as high as $50 million per day, which I think is far more realistic.

    The Russians want Assad to stay, or at least enough of his current regime so that the Russians can continue with their military operations in Syria business as usual. People just don't realize that direct US involvement in Syria will mean direct Russian involvement, which means a US vs. USSR armed conflict.

    June 19, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    it must be said

    It must be nice to pack up the 747, go on vacation, get away from all the scandals, spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars while the White Hours tours are shut down for kids. This guy is such a joke. An 8 year bad joke on the entire country. Thanks Democrats.
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    The White House tours are not shut down. He's attending a summit with our allies, which means he's doing his job. And before you complain about cost of this trip, consider the cost of that Syrian "No-Fly" zone the right wing has been screaming for. It would cost between $10 and $50 million per day, depending how much resistance is put up, which will probably be quite considerable. And, don't forget about the risks involved in executing a "No-Fly" zone, if you even know what they are.

    June 19, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    It must be repeated without any facts .... You really need to stop watching Hannity, he is nuts.

    June 19, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    Most of those calling for a "no-fly" zone don't realize that Syria has state of the art, anti-aircraft defenses: some of the best the Russians have to offer. After all, the Russians have to protect their naval base.
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    and yet israel bombs them without the loss of a single plane. they have state of the art 1990's maybe or older. the russians were going to send them newer systems but the israelis won't allow them as they would reach into israeli air space. please try to keep up.

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    People have no clue about the expense of a "no-fly" zone, which would cost at least $50 million per week. Some estimates put that figure as high as $50 million per day, which I think is far more realistic.
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    depends on where the planes are based or if they have to fly off of carriers. too bad obama blew it in iraq. it would have been nice to have an airbase there now as an option. btw, what are your qualifications to estimate a no fly zone? you're only experience seems to be wielding a fly swatter!

    June 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. it must be said

    Rudy NYC
    The Russians want Assad to stay, or at least enough of his current regime so that the Russians can continue with their military operations in Syria business as usual.
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    So Obama has been doing the Russians a favor by staying out of the conflict for two years? Why wouldn't denying the Russians that port be in the USA's best strategic interests? Whose side is Obama on? Seems like the Russians.

    June 19, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    People just don't realize that direct US involvement in Syria will mean direct Russian involvement, which means a US vs. USSR armed conflict.
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    Egads Rudy.... you've gone off the deep end with this statement! You've been on a tear lately with these whoppers. Surely giving Grimm a run for his money.

    June 19, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Guess

    Must be said, what scandals? you must have stop payingattention when the real truth started to surface, where is that smoking gun @? issa said more hearings, why not more hearings, because he cant handle the truth, no scandal, your a tool for thinking so

    June 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. spike

    You mean, he didn't come out and say that he is committing treason by supplying our enemy, al queida with weaponry in Syria, while the rebels are busy beheading christians? He should of at least admitted he is doing so in Egypt, with billions in military aid to the muslim brotherhood, who's goal is our destruction. Even his commie mentor, Bill Ayres, is now calling for charging him with war crimes. Impeachment would be a good start, a trial for treason an even better start

    June 19, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |