President Says U.S. Advising, ‘Not Scolding’ Europe

President Barack Obama said that the United States will help its European allies navigate their way through the poor economic climate Friday during a news conference in the White House briefing room.  But the U.S. will not tell Europe what to do, the president said.  

“But you know, what we’ve tried to do is to be constructive, to frame this as us not scolding them or telling them what to do but give them advice based on our experiences here and having stabilized a financial situation effectively,” Obama said.  “What we can do is prod, advise, suggest, but ultimately they have to make these decisions.”   

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