President Obama is expected to announce increased scrutiny on U.S. surveillance of foreign leaders when he details the results of survey of the nation's intelligence practices later this month, according to a report Wednesday by the Associated Press.
The president will reportedly call for additional oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, a document used to rank intelligence goals and used while making the decision on whether to surveil foreign heads of state.
At the time, the White House announced it would not monitor Merkel in the future. But an independent panel commissioned by the White House recommended separately that the administration expand the number of officials reviewing the framework document, with the belief that additional oversight would limit the surveillance of foreign leaders.
On Wednesday, Obama and Vice President Biden met with a privacy oversight board and leaders in the intelligence community as part of the ongoing review. On Thursday, the president plans to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the progress.
"He is still in the process of deliberating over the review group's report and hearing from others on the issues that were raised in the review group's report," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Obama also called Merkel on Wednesday to wish the German leader a speedy recovery from injuries sustained in a skiing accident and to invite her to visit the United States upon her return to good health. White House officials wouldn't say if the pair discussed the surveillance review.