Obama Spends Morning In Foreign Policy Briefing

CHILMARK, Mass. (August 11, 2014) President Barack Obama was briefed by his national security team Monday on the latest military and political developments in Iraq and the situations in Ukraine and Gaza, the White House said.

Two top Obama foreign policy advisers, national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, are traveling with the president during his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

The White House says Mr. Obama also spoke separately Monday with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Mr. Obama's call with the Ukrainian leader came in the wake of Russia's announcement that it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, a move the West strongly opposes.

The president also plans to speak Monday evening at a Democratic fundraiser on Martha's Vineyard.

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