Boehner: Obama should skip trip to Copenhagen


House GOP Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE urged President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Russian social media is the modern-day Trojan horse Trump records robo-call for Gillespie: He'll help 'make America great again' MORE to skip his overseas trip to lobby for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics and instead focus on more pressing business at home.

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The president is scheduled to make the trip to Denmark on Thursday night, where he will make the case before the International Olympics Committee (IOC) that the 2016 Summer Games should be held in his adopted hometown.

"The president of the United States is not the mayor of Chicago and the problems we have here at home affect all Americans. That's where his attention ought to be," John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE (Ohio) told reporters following the weekly closed-door House GOP conference meeting.

Though he noted that the goal was commendable, Boehner cited healthcare reform and job creation among the reasons why Obama should not be distracted by a jaunt to Copenhagen.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs laughed off similar criticism on Tuesday from Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, who also suggested Obama skip the trip.

Obama intends to meet with a number of the 106 IOC members, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.