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Saturday 18 August 2018

Obama puts fresh pressure on Weiner

US President Barack Obama has increased the pressure on disgraced politician Anthony Weiner to quit by saying "If it was me, I would resign".

In a rare foray into a congressman's ethical conduct, Obama, below, told NBC's Today show that Weiner's sexually charged photos and messages online to several women were "highly inappropriate".

"I think he's embarrassed himself. He's acknowledged that. He's embarrassed his wife and his family. Ultimately, there's going to be a decision for him and his constituents. I can tell you that, if it was me, I would resign," the president said.

Obama said public service "is exactly that, it's a service to the public. And when you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills, then you should probably step back."

Nancy Pelosi, leader of Obama's Democratic party, has urged Weiner to quit, as have several other Democrats including party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

House officials said that the ethics inquiry was not yet extensive, and committee leaders have not indicated whether they will order a more intensive staff investigation.

The officials requested anonymity because the committee has not announced the staff inquiry.

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