President Obama “Angry and Frustrated” with BP, Halliburton — and Interior Department Does Not Escape Notice Either

By Jonathan Blakely

May 14, 2010 7:10am

After being briefed this morning by members of his Cabinet on the latest on the Gulf oil spill, President Obama will make remarks to reporters in which he expresses his "anger and frustration" with the companies responsible for the spill, a senior White House official tells ABC News.

The president, the official said, is chagrined not only with the fact that the leak has yet to be plugged, but at the fingerpointing and blame-shifting seen during a Congressional hearing earlier this week by executives of BP, Transocean, and Halliburton.

The federal government's role in the disaster has not escaped his notice either, the official said. The president believes that the Interior Department's Minerals Management Services did not ensure that every safety precaution was taken. He is supportive of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's proposed changes to the agency, such as separating the division of MMS that collects royalties from oil companies from the division that ensures enforcement.

- Jake Tapper

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