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In Laos, Obama Questioned About Dakota Access Pipeline

HeadlineSep 08, 2016

Obama continues his historic trip to Laos, where he briefly spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of a dinner. The informal meeting came after Obama canceled a more formal sit-down with Duterte, after Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore.” Meanwhile, while taking questions at a news conference in Laos, Obama was asked about the Dakota Access pipeline by a Malaysian woman.

Malaysian woman: “My question is: In your capacity, what can you do to ensure the protection of the ancestral land, the supply of clean water and also environmental justice is upheld?”

President Barack Obama: “Well, it’s a great question. As many of you know, the way that Native Americans were treated was tragic. And one of the priorities that I’ve had as president is restoring an honest and generous and respectful relationship with Native American tribes. I can’t give you details on this particular case. I’d have to go back to my staff and find out how are we doing on this one.”

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