“But it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done”.
President Barack Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron ride in their cart from third green at the Grove Golf Course in Hertfordshire, England, Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Going on, Obama said he thought Cameron had been “ahead of the curve” on LGBT issues.
In an op-ed in The Daily Telegraph on Friday, Obama wrote that continued membership would benefit European coordination on intelligence sharing, counterterrorism and economic growth.
Emerging after the private talks to face the media, Obama said the special U.S.-British relationship is solid and will continue – – “hopefully eternally” even if Britain votes to leave the European Union, adding that he had not journeyed to Britain to “fix votes”. “Why should they think it is right for us”, he said.
For those like London Mayor Boris Johnson campaigning to leave the Union’s half a billion strong marketplace, President Obama’s intervention has been dubbed hypocritical.
“That was wonderful. I don’t want it to stop”, Obama said of the tale of the melancholy prince before shaking hands with the actors.
The president said he was “incredibly proud” of Munir for speaking out, and encouraged the questioner to “keep pushing”.
Obama is holding a town hall-style event in London with young people.
Munir said afterward that “to be sat in front of the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, and to be able to pitch to him social action that I believe he can have a real influence on is something I will never be able to describe”.
Obama held up the recent nuclear deal with Iran as an example of the power of diplomacy over force.
He joked that when Maria had said they would do something like “come up here and dance with me”.
The question, however, was about priorities for his successor and the audience applauded loudly when the questioner suggested that person would be a “she”, as in Democrat Hillary Clinton, or “could be Bernie”, a reference to the other Democrat still in the race, Bernie Sanders.
Obama said there was a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office during the presidency of his predecessor George W Bush but he decided that he would have a bust of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King in his office instead.
Mr Obama will also visit London’s Globe Theatre to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on the second full day of his trip.
Obama also planned to meet with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn before ending Saturday at a dinner with Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun at the envoy’s government residence.
Libya was top of the agenda at the talks in Downing Street and is expected to dominate a summit of the G5 group in Hanover, Germany, on Monday, at which Mr Cameron and Mr Obama will discuss security threats with chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Italian PM Matteo Renzi. He was also scheduled to help Merkel open the world’s largest industrial technology trade show before he heads back to Washington on Monday.