CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said Monday that he thinks President Barack Obama may have made a misstep by opting to forego traditional meetings with world leaders during the week of United Nations General Assembly and instead choosing to appear on ABC’s The View. “I do think there is potentially a missed opportunity this week for the President of the United States to meet with world leaders,” said Blitzer.
CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield asked if there was ever any real policy accomplished during traditional bilateral meetings between world leaders that often occur during the week of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. She also asked if Obama had exposed himself to political attacks by sitting down with the hosts of The View instead.
“I think anytime a president – a sitting President of the United States – meets with another world leader, important issues can be discussed,” said Blitzer.
“He’s going to be speaking to millions of people who will be watching The View, and they determined that is an important thing for the president to do,” Blitzer said.
He did say, however, that there is a “missed opportunity” for the president to advance American interests by not meeting with world leaders while they are in New York City.
“I think he’ll be taking it on the chin for it too,” said Banfield.
Watch the segment below via CNN:
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