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May 28th, 2014
05:12 PM ET

White House official: Obama finds latest VA report 'deeply troubling'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has been briefed on the latest report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general, which found "serious" problems at the VA medical facility in Phoenix, with patients at risk of being "forgotten or lost" in a maze of convoluted scheduling practices.

"The President found the findings of the interim report deeply troubling," says Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, adding that Obama urged the VA to "act now" to address problems, and not to wait for findings from interim or final reports.

Asked whether the President still supports Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gen. Shinseki, Blinken deflected.

“We’re focused on making sure that these veterans who have delivered for this country, and put their lives on the line, get the care that they deserve and that they need," Blinken said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Obama's foreign policy plan

Obama announced a $5 billion counter terrorism partnership fund Wednesday, a plan to work with other countries fighting terrorist groups. But international hot spots for terrorists like Libya, Syria, Nigeria, and Yemen, do not have dependable governments.

"In many cases we're already seeing we're working effectively with a number of these governments," says Blinken, citing Yemen, Somalia, and region partners to deal with spillover from Syria.

"We think that we can leverage the support and build the capacity of other countries to help us in the struggle," says Blinken.

For more of our interview with Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, check out the video above.

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