WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES
President Barack Obama edged closer to a formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee Monday, with his White House suggesting the next 48 hours would be pivotal.
With a series of key primary votes on Tuesday that could see Clinton all but seal the party nomination, the White House would not rule out an endorsement by Wednesday.
“Once the voters in New Jersey and California have an opportunity to express their preference,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, “then we may be in a position where we have a much greater sense of what the outcome is likely to be.”
It is an open secret in Washington that President Barack Obama intends to endorse Clinton.
But Obama has been wary of putting his hand on the scale during a long and sometimes bitter Democratic primary race between Clinton and leftist party rival Bernie Sanders.