The Presidential Planner Abroad

May 25, 2011 5:55am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

President Obama wakes up in London again this morning – and will hold a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister  David Cameron  at 10 Downing Street.

The two leaders will then expand their meetings to include Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and a larger meeting with the two delegations.

“The purpose of this visit is to reaffirm that relationship, to further align our approaches on all the core issues that we work with the United Kingdom on,” Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said, “And that runs the gamut from our cooperation on global economic recovery to the effort in Afghanistan, counterterrorism, our efforts in Libya, our nonproliferation agenda, and a whole host of issues that the Prime Minister and the President will have the opportunity to discuss.”

Later the President and the Prime Minister will attend a barbeque hosted by Mrs. Cameron and the First Lady Michelle Obama to honor military families, U.S. and U.K. service members and veterans. 

They will be announcing a new joint initiative focused on military families and care for veterans from both nations.

“This will establish a new service personnel task force that will share best practices on how we can better provide support for military personnel and their families,” Rhodes said previewing the announcement,  “That includes linking them up in their communities to meet their needs.  That includes supporting the transition of those who are leaving service into civilian life through vocational training and education. It includes support for wounded warriors and other ill and injured personnel, including the physical and psychological care and rehabilitation that they need.”

The President and the Prime Minister will later hold a joint press conference at Lancaster House in London.

Afterward the president  will deliver what the White House is calling the “anchor” speech of his week-long European trip to British Parliament.

“I think what he’ll again underscore is both the essential nature of the U.S.- U.K. alliance as well as the broader transatlantic alliance to global security and prosperity,” Rhodes said, “I think he’ll speak to the fact that we’ve obviously come through a very difficult decade, but in some respects we’re turning a corner insofar as we’ve successfully ended our combat mission in Iraq, removed 100,000 troops.”

At night the President and the First Lady will host the Queen and her husband – to “reciprocate the hospitality of Her Majesty the Queen” and hold a dinner in her honor at the residence of the American ambassador in London.

The President  and First Lady will spend their last night in London this evening.

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