President Barack Obama says the resolve of Chilean people has inspired the world as efforts to rescue 33 trapped miners unfold.
Obama says the rescue has captivated the world and he expressed hope that the miners who remain underground will be brought out soon. He says the rescue of more than half of the 33 miners is a tribute to the determination of the miners, the Chilean government and its people. He also praised American companies that played a role in the rescue.
Obama watched some of the rescue operations on television and was struck by the collective efforts to ensure their safety. The White House says Obama plans to call Chilean President Sebastian Pinera