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WH: Obama, Castro 'Exchanged Pleasantries,' No Opportunity To Talk Policy

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Earnest said in a press briefing that the President shook hands with everyone who was on stage at the service, Castro being one of them. The two didn't have an "opportunity for a robust exchange of ideas," he said, but rather "exchanged pleasantries."

Earnest also was asked about Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) comments comparing the encounter to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with Adolf Hitler, and said such comparisons were a "dangerous and usually unwise thing to do in public."

This post has been updated.