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President Obama assured by Trump's commitment: White House

Washington D.C. (United States), Nov. 11 : White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted that President Obama is filled with renewed confidence in the commitment of the President-elect Donald Trump to engage in an effective, smooth transition after meeting him at the White House.

"We are committed to doing what is required on our part to make sure that that happens. And the President was pleased to hear a similar commitment expressed by the President-elect," said Earnest while responding to a question.

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Republican candidates using inflammatory, divisive remarks: White House

Washington: Republican presidential aspirants and in particular front-runner Donald Trump have been using inflammatory and divisive comments to advance their campaign agenda, the White House said on Monday.

"There's no denying that one of the reasons there's so much energy at these events is that you have an aspiring political leader inflaming tensions and appealing to peoples' darker impulses and trying to capitalise on their anxieties to provide energy to his campaign," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

"And that is certainly not the approach that President Obama has taken throughout his campaigns and the president certainly does not believe that that is a tactic that political leaders in this country should support," he said.

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Next US President to decide on Afghan troop level

Washington : The US would draw down troop levels in Afghanistan to about 5,500 by the end of this year and after that any decision in this regard would be taken by the next US president, the White House said on Wednesday.

"The scenario that we envision right now is that we would essentially draw down troop levels to about 5,500 troops by the end of this year," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

"Moving forward, the next commander in chief and his or her national security team, taking advice from our commanders on the ground in Afghanistan, will have to determine what sort of troop presence is appropriate for that country moving forward," Earnest said.

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Initial analysis 'not consistent' with North Korea Hydrogen-bomb claim: US

Washington : The US today cast doubts over North Korea's claims of successfully testing a hydrogen bomb, noting that initial analysis is not consistent with the claims of Pyongyang.

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Making efforts to seek common ground with India on climate: US

Washington : There is a concerted effort on the part of the United States to seek a common ground with India on climate change, the White House said on Wednesday as it took the issue with New Delhi being described as the biggest obstacle to a possible agreement in Paris.

"I don't think I would describe them (India) as the biggest obstacle, necessarily," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

"Anytime you are negotiating an agreement with more than 180 countries, there are going to be a lot of issues to work through," he said in response to a question.

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US ready to send assistance to quake-hit Pakistan and Afghanistan

Washington : Offering deepest condolences to those hit by a major earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US has said it is ready to provide any kind of assistance to the two countries.

"We offer our deepest condolences to all those who were affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan, including the families of those who died in Afghanistan and in Pakistan," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday.

US officials said it has not received request for any kind of assistance from Pakistan.

The US government, he said, has been in touch with the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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US committed to freedom of navigation in South China Sea: WH

Washington : The US is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, the White House said today reaffirming its position that it favours peaceful resolution of territorial conflicts.

The Obama administration is committed to the principle of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"We certainly make no claim on any territory in that region of the world, but we are actively engaged in encouraging all sides who have a difference of opinion about those territorial claims to resolve them peacefully and through diplomacy to ensure that the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce continues uninhibited," he said.

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Reports of US not sharing info with Israel on Iran untrue: WH

Washington : The White House today refuted reports that the US is not sharing information with Israel over its negotiations with Tehran on the controversial nuclear programme.

"I know that there were some initial reports that indicated that the US is no longer communicating with our allies in Israel about the ongoing negotiations with Iran. That obviously is false," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

He said: "There are any number of meetings that have taken place in recent weeks and are scheduled for the weeks ahead that indicate the continued close communication and coordination between US national security officials and their Israel counterparts."

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White House calls climate change greater threat to country than terrorism

Washington, Feb 11 - The White House says that climate change is a bigger threat to Americans than terrorism.

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Terrorists functioning with impunity in parts of Pakistan: US

Washington - A number of terror groups are functioning with impunity in parts of Pakistan, the White House said on Friday, as it stated that the US values counter-terrorism co-operation with India.

Hours before President Barack Obama's departure to India, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed concern over the continued presence of terror safe havens in Pakistan even though the Pakistan Army has taken steps against them in recent months.

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US reacts cautiously to Pope's statement on freedom of speech

White House Press Secretary Josh EarnestWashington - The US has reacted cautiously to the statement made by the Pope Francis on freedom of speech, who had said such rights entail limits and that other people's religion could not be insulted or mocked.

Noting that freedom of speech comes with responsibilities, the US said that violence in no way could be justified to disagreements on freedom of speech.

"There is no act of public expression in terms of free speech that would in any way justify an act of violence. That is a principle that we have reiterated on a number of occasions. I think it's something that the vast majority of the world agrees with."

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US welcomes release of 53 political prisoners in Cuba

US welcomes release of 53 political prisoners in CubaWashington : The US on Tuesday welcomed the release of 53 political prisoners in the past 48 hours in Cuba as part of moves to normalise ties between the two countries.

"I can confirm that the Cuban government has notified the Obama administration that they have completed the release of the 53 political prisoners that they had committed to free," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

"We welcome this positive development and are pleased that the Cuban government followed through on this commitment that they made not just to the United States but also to the Vatican," Earnest said.

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US will do everything to rescue American hostages: White House

US will do everything to rescue American hostages: White HouseWashington : The US will do "everything" to rescue American hostages in any part of the world, the White House on Monday said, adding that a failed military operation to rescue one of its kidnapped citizens should serve as a warning to militants.

"This should be taken by militants around the world as a clear sign of the President's (Barack Obama's) resolve to do everything possible to rescue Americans who are being held hostage anywhere around the globe," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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White House and Republican leadership spar on immigration

Josh EarnestWashington: Within days of Republicans gaining hold of the US Congress, the White House and Grand Old Party leadership appeared to be headed for confrontation over the crucial immigration reforms.

The White House yesterday said that President Obama is all set to take executive actions before the year-end to fix the broken immigration reform.

"The President made a promise that he's going to ask on immigration reform before the end of the year, and that's exactly what he's going to do," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

He, however, did not give any details of the forthcoming executive actions.

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Work on coalition against ISIL is an ongoing process: Earnest

Josh EarnestWashington - The Obama Administration's efforts to build an international coalition against Islamic State militants is an ongoing process and there is no timeline for it, the White House said on Monday.

"The effort to build the coalition is something that will be ongoing," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

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