Obama's foreign agenda
POSTED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 12:09pm
After a one day summit in Mexico, President Obama is back in Washington this morning where he faces serious issues with his foreign agenda. Tracie Potts reports.
(NBC News) With fires still burning in Kiev this morning President Obama is back in Washington contemplating if, when and how the U.S. needs to get involved in stopping the violence in Ukraine.
"There will be consequences if people step over the line. And that includes making sure the Ukrainian military does not step into what should be a set of issues that can be resolved by civilians," the president said.
The U.S. wants police to back off and let peaceful protests continue.
It's one of the issues the President addressed in a joint news conference with Mexico's president and Canada's prime minister after their meetings Wednesday.
With a larger trans-pacific trade deal in the works, Mexico's eager to lure more American companies which means more jobs south of the border.
"We want more development. We are aware of the potential that we find in North America," Mexican President Enrique Pena Nietol said through a translator.
The touchy issue of the Keystone XL pipeline came up, that multi-billion oil route from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.
It's still a sore spot between Canada and the United States.
Canada insists environmental impact is no longer a concern.
"I think the state department report already was pretty definitive on that particular issue," Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
But Mr. Obama gave no indication he'll speed up his decision on whether to approve it.
Education and immigration also came up at the summit.
Presidents Obama and Pena Nieto talked about making it easier for foreign students to study across the border.