WASHINGTON — Taking a more aggressive approach to the Veterans Administration health treatment scandal, President Barack Obama on Wednesday added to his schedule a morning meeting with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Ron Nabors,who Obama detailed to the VA in the wake of reports of deadly health treatment delays and cooked books at a VA facilites in Phoenix. Later, Obama meets with the Seattle Seahawks and a crop of new ambassadors to the U.S.
Below, from the White House….
In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki and Rob Nabors in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary Shinseki and Rob Nabors
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DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
In the morning, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. This event is closed press. The following Ambassadors will attend:
His Excellency Hassane Mahamat Nasser, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad
His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia
His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador of Malaysia
His Excellency Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
His Excellency Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi
His Excellency Hans Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras
His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes Soublette, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile
His Excellency Omar Arouna, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin
Her Excellency Makurita Baaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati
His Excellency Farhod Salim, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan
In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.
Later in the afternoon, the President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. This event is pooled for TV and open to limited pre-credentialed media.
In-Town Travel Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: CBS
Print: National Journal
9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
11:35AM THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony
2:10PM THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks
Open to pre-credentialed media (Pre-set 11:30AM – Final Gather 1:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
4:10PM THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation
Department of Interior
Pooled for TV, Open to Limited Pre-Credentialed Media (In-Town Travel Pool Gather 3:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
12:45PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney