White House: Weiner's conduct was 'inappropriate'

June 13, 2011 18:52

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - The behavior of US Representative Anthony Weiner, snared in an Internet sex scandal, was "inappropriate" and President Barack Obama regards it as an unwanted distraction, the White House said on Monday.

Weiner, a married New York congressman, has defied calls from Democratic party leaders to resign and said on Saturday he would instead seek treatment and a leave of absence after new lewd photos of him emerged in addition to his online exchanges with women.

"The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction," White House spokesman Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One headed for North Carolina when asked about Obama's position on Weiner.

"Obviously, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, his dishonesty was inappropriate, but the president is focused on his job, getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and obviously ensuring the safety and security of the American people."

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