US admits mistake in missing Paris unity rally

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The White House acknowledged on Monday (Tuesday in Manla) it should have sent a senior official to the massive rally against terrorism in Paris, as President Barack Obama came under fire for failing to travel to France. “We should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Washington was represented at the event by the US ambassador to France, Jane Hartley. Earnest said Obama would have liked to have gone himself, but suggested that the security requirements and short planning time had prevented it.

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