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White House rebuffs criticism of Obama fundraising trip

US President Barack Obama greets a group of people upon arriving at Boeing Field / King County International Airport in Seattle, Washington, on July 22, 2014US President Barack Obama left Washington Tuesday for a round of West Coast fundraising, with opponents questioning the trip’s timing amid a proliferation of global crises. The trip to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in which Obama will help raise money for Democrats campaigning in November’s mid-term elections, has elicited sharp criticism from Republicans. The White House assured reporters however that the president would not miss a beat in fulfilling his duties. “In terms of fundraising, it’s a responsibility that presidents in both parties for generations have been responsible for,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, following a barrage of questions over the trip’s timing.

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