The Latest: Obama says US sending 1,000 troops to Poland

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Posted: Jul 08, 2016 8:47 AM
The Latest: Obama says US sending 1,000 troops to Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's trip to Warsaw to meet with European leaders (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. is sending an additional 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland as part of a NATO effort to reinforce its presence on the alliance's eastern flank.

The U.S.-led battalion is one of four that NATO will begin rotating through the region. The move is meant to act as a deterrent to Russia.

Obama is touting the decision in remarks to reporters after a meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda. The U.S. president thanked Poland for its contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State, including its F-16 aircraft and special forces trainers.

He called Poland "a lynchpin in the defense of NATO's eastern flank."

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12:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama on Friday reaffirmed his belief that the United States and its European allies will continue to work together on critical global challenges despite the decision by Britain to leave the European Union.

Obama says leaders on both sides of the Atlantic need to address the economic frustrations of their people, who feel they are being left behind by globalization

Standing alongside European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Obama says governments must move more quickly to deliver economic priorities to their people.

He spoke at the opening of two days of meetings with European leaders at the NATO summit.

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11:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the shooting of about a dozen police officers in Dallas was a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.

Obama is meeting with European Union leaders who also expressed their condolences for the attacks, which killed five officers.

Obama says America is horrified over the shootings and that there was no possible justification for them. He also says, "justice will be done."

Obama also says the attacks are a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make.

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10:15 a.m.

President Barack Obama is calling on NATO to stand firm against Russia, terrorism and other challenges even as a key member retrenches from Europe.

In an op-ed published in the Financial Times on Friday, Obama says the U.S. and European nation "must summon the political will, and make concrete commitments" to affirm European cooperation.

Obama's remarks were published as he opened a two-day visit to Warsaw for a NATO summit.

His first meeting was with European Union leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the impact of Britain decision to leave the European Union. Obama, top advisers and the leader posed briefly for photos but made no remarks as they began the meeting Friday morning.

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9:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama is in Poland to huddle with European Union leaders and discuss how the 28-member body plans to disentangle Britain from its ranks.

Obama's meeting Friday with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission begins four days of diplomacy in a Europe still rattled from Britain's decision to leave the EU.

Obama plans to urge the leaders to step carefully in exit negotiations, which have not yet been formally triggered by Britain and could take up to two years.

The White House says the president wants EU leaders to try to minimize the risks to the global economy and reassure markets.

Obama arrived in Warsaw early Friday to attend a NATO summit and will meet later Friday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.