President Obama was caught in a candidate moment with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medveddev. Reporters caught the tail end of their conversation on a “hot mic” and heard Obama saying he would have more “flexibility” with a missile shield program after he wins re-election. Top Republicans took to Twitter to express their concern:
When the president returns from S. Korea, we look forward to hearing what he meant by having “more flexibility” on missile defense
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 26, 2012
Pres Obama tells Medvedev he’ll be more “flexible” on missile defense – that’s a real “Etch A Sketch” leader!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 26, 2012
Check out the full (but brief exchange below):
The Russian President also took a shot at Republican Mitt Romney for saying Russia was the US’s “number on geopolitical foe”:
“I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.
“Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”