President will publicly address the violent unrest in Libya

President Obama is expected to address the violent unrest in Libya Wednesday afternoon.

The White House said he will deliver a statement at 5:15 p.m. from the Grand Foyer.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the White House's silence on the matter in recent days, noting that Obama released a statement condemning the violence last Friday.



Carney also said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been "forceful" in her condemnation of the violence Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has employed against his people in an attempt to suppress the uprising there.



"I don't think that there's been any mystery here about" the U.S. position on the violence in Libya, Carney said.



Obama continues to be "extremely concerned and alarmed by the horrific violence" in the country, Carney said.

"The violence is abhorrent. It is completely unacceptable. And the bloodshed must stop," Carney said.


"This administration has made that clear. And we've made it clear both through the statements of the president and the secretary of state, also through our work very closely with the United Nations Security Council," he added.

Obama is meeting with Clinton at the White House Wednesday afternoon, and Carney said the president would have announcements to make following that meeting.



Carney would not say what those announcements would be, but he indicated that the president is considering a number of options, including sanctions and a possible no-fly zone.



"A lot of options are under review," Carney said.



The White House comments come as the State Department is working to evacuate U.S. citizens from the country where violence and unrest are spreading.

This post was updated at 3:50 p.m.