President Obama Opposes Boycotting Winter Olympics

President Obama has weighed in on whether the U.S. should pull out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over it's anti-propaganda law, saying he opposes the call to boycott.

“I want to just make very clear right now, I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama said. “We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed.”

Obama suggested a better form of protest would be gay and lesbian athletes winning medals at the games, which will be held in Sochi. “And one of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there,” he said. “And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker.”

The president's remarks came during a press conference in response to a question about the current tensions between the United States and Russia. Earlier in the week the White House had announced Obama had canceled a private meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin that was scheduled to take place during the G-20 Summit next month.