The White House is rejecting criticism from Yemen's president, who says Washington is behind the protests against his regime.
Presidential spokesman Jay Carney says that instead of "scapegoating," President Ali Abdula Saleh's should focus instead on putting in place the political reforms his people are demanding. Hundreds of thousands of people marched across Yemeni cities Tuesday seeking the Saleh's ouster.
Saleh on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of meddling in the affairs of Arab countries. He asked whether Obama is president of the United States or president of the Arab world.
The U.S. State Department also has dismissed Saleh's accusations.