Obama to donate to Kayla Mueller charity

2016-08-27 07:57
Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Arizona. (The Daily Courier, Jo L Keener, AP)

Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Arizona. (The Daily Courier, Jo L Keener, AP)

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Washington - The White House says President Barack Obama plans to donate to the foundation honouring Kayla Mueller, an American killed by Islamic State militants last year.

A foundation in Mueller's name seeks to honour her commitment to humanitarianism and serving the needy. But Mueller's father told ABC News in an interview airing on Friday that Obama promised during a private meeting in March 2015 to make a contribution, then never did.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest says he won't discuss private presidential conversations. But he says Obama intends to contribute to the foundation in the future. Earnest says the organisation is consistent with the types of charities the president and First Lady Michelle Obama have donated to previously.

Earnest says the pain and grief Mueller's family is expressing is "entirely understandable".

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