White House: Obama wasn’t holding cigarettes

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President Obama was not holding a pack of cigarettes in a widely circulated picture of him meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at last weekend’s Group of Seven summit.

{mosads}When asked if Obama has a pack of cigarettes in his hand in the photo, spokesman Josh Earnest answered, “He does not.”

Earnest did not identify the object Obama was holding. He said he has not raised the issue with the president.

After several follow up questions from a reporter, Earnest said “let’s move on.”

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