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White House Declines to Call for Babbitt Resignation

Monday, December 05, 2011 - 02:52 PM

(Washington, DC) White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to call for the resignation of the head of the FAA Monday, just hours after news of the officials weekend drunk driving arrest became known.

"What we have at this point is a matter that just came to light in the last hour or so," Carney said when asked whether President Obama would call for the resignation of FAA Administrator Randolph Babbitt. Babbitt was arrested Saturday night in Virginia and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Carney noted that Babbitt had asked to be placed on administrative leave. "For further dispensation of this matter I would refer you to the Department of Transportation," he said.

Carney said the president was informed of Babbitt's arrest on Monday afternoon and  "didn't have a particular reaction."

"He reacted as you might expect," Carney added.

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