Obama: Some Foreign Policy 'Shaped Around the World Cup'

Obama: Some Foreign Policy 'Shaped Around the World Cup'

President Obama told George Stephanopoulos in an interview with ABC that the United States has crafted its foreign policy around the ongoing World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil.

“We had elements – which I won’t detail – of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup: phone calls, meetings, initiatives we had to think about,” said President Obama.

Breitbart News could not independently confirm whether the President’s newfound World Cup foreign policy strategy has affected US foreign policy in dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the radical jihadist group that is currently butchering scores of innocents in Iraq.

The President said of the U.S. soccer team that advanced Thursday into the next round in the World Cup: “The U.S. exceeded expectations. This year you get a sense it has captured popular imagination.” Obama said the US squad has gone from being a “non-factor” to a “middle-of-the-pack team.”

“We’re not Germany yet, or Italy or France or Argentina or Brazil, but we’re now in the mix,” said the President.

The President penciled time into his schedule to watch Thursday’s match between the US and Germany with aides Valerie Jarrett, Dan Pfeiffer, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and other top officials.

Obama plans on spending the day in Minnesota, where he will hold a town hall meeting and speak at a political fundraiser.