Obama meets with congressional leaders on national security

President Obama on Thursday met with congressional leaders and the chairs of the national security committees to talk about the U.S role in tumultuous parts of the globe, including Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza and Syria. 

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Obama requested the White House meeting to "update and hear from some of Congress' leading foreign policy voices" before lawmakers departed for the August recess, according to a White House readout of the meeting. Vice President Biden also attended. 

Calling the meeting "constructive," the White House said it will continue to work closely with Congress on these issues in the weeks ahead. 

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