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Obama Schedules Conference Call, Will Avoid Netanyahu Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress at 11:00 a.m., but it appears that President Obama will not be watching most of the speech.

The White House Press Office released an update to his daily schedule this morning, announcing a video conference call with world leaders for 11:30 a.m. in the situation room, likely as Netanyahu is finishing his speech.

According to the White House, the conference will include British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and European Commission President Donald Tusk.

The last minute scheduling update emphasizes Obama’s role as a world leader, at a time when Netanyahu will likely challenge the president’s approach to negotiations with Iran.

The world leaders are expected to discuss Ukraine and “global security issues.”

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by reporters if Obama would watch the speech.

“I haven’t looked at the President’s schedule for tomorrow,” Earnest replied. “I doubt that he will spend his whole time watching the speech.”

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