President Obama and Turkish Prime Minster Erdogan are taking questions from reporters at a joint press conference at the White House this afternoon. NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News are all carrying the presser, which started 48 minutes late. The sun in the Rose Garden turned to light rain while the press corps was waiting.
“This will be incentive for the press to ask concise questions and us to give concise answers,” Obama said.
The first question went to Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg TV, who asked Obama about the IRS scandal and Erdogan about Turkish relations with Israel.
Second question goes to a Turkish reporter, who asked both the President and Prime Minister about Syria.
Third question goes to Jeff Mason of Reuters, who asked about the DOJ seizing AP phone records.
Last question goes to a Turkish TV reporter, who asked about a timeline for Syrian President Assad’s removal.