WASHINGTON — Brazil’s outrage over being spied on by supposed ally, the United States of America, does not have U.S. President Barack Obama worried.
Reuters reported that Obama promised to look into the news report that the U.S. spied on private and sensitive communications between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her staff, in addition to private correspondence of Mexico’s future president Enrique Pena Nieto.
Rousseff demanded an apology to be made by Obama, threatening to downgrade commercial ties and possibly canceling an impending visit to the White House. Obama has not yet apologized for the intrusive National Security Agency program, which was revealed by leaker Edward Snowden.
Obama told the press at a news conference leading up to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia the following:
“I assured them that I take these allegations very seriously. I understand their concerns. I understand the concerns of the Mexican and Brazilian people; and that we will work with their teams to resolve what is a source of tension”
For a former constitutional law lecturer, it seems that Obama has not grasped the implications of the U.S. Constitution as others thought he would have.