Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Brazilian president snubs Obama, cancels state visit over NSA spying

Brazilian president snubs Obama, cancels state visit over NSA spying

A last-minute plea from President Obama couldn't stop Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from postponing an October state visit, after revelations that American intelligence spied on her presidential communications allegedly sent her into a rage.

Reuters reports that Obama spent 20 minutes on the phone with Rousseff Monday night, apparently trying to salvage the first state visit by the up-and-coming South American nation in nearly two decades.

White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to play down the cancellation on Tuesday, telling reporters that the decision was a mutual one. "The president agreed with President Rousseff that it is important to celebrate our broad relationship, and that relationship should not be overshadowed by a single issue," he said.