Charlie Rose landed an interview with President Obama in which the Commander-in-Chief insists Mosul will fall by year’s end and argues against making public the 28 pages of secret government documents about 9/11 that deal with Saudi Arabia.
The first portion of the interview will air tonight on CBS Evening News, on the eve of the New York primary as a new poll shows Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now neck-and-neck with Dem rival Bernie Sanders. CBS will parse out more of the interview Tuesday on CBS This Morning, and the full interview will be repeated tomorrow night on PBS stations at 11 PM-ish, depending on local public broadcasting stations’ schedules.
Rose asked Obama about his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, at a time of growing mistrust between the two countries. Obama also discussed Syria and his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama told Rose, in the interview taped at the White House, that Mosul is on course to fall by the end of the year and that the country will support the Iraqis to “continually tighten the noose” on ISIS. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that more than 200 additional troops will join the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Obama told Rose that Mosul, Iraq’s largest city, could be liberated from ISIS.
“As we see the Iraqis willing to fight and gaining ground, we must make sure that we are providing them more support. We’re not doing the fighting ourselves, but when we provide training, when we provide special forces who are backing them up, when we are gaining intelligence, working with the coalitions that we have, what we’ve seen is that we can continually tighten the noose,” Obama said in the interview. “My expectation is that by the end of the year, we will have created the conditions whereby Mosul will eventually fall.”