WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, an embarrassing diplomatic rebuke by Brazil is compounding an already troublesome stretch for the White House both at home and abroad.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday that she is putting off a state visit to the U.S. next month to protest an American spy program that has aggressively targeted her nation's government and private citizens alike.
Rousseff's decision deepens the global fallout for Obama from revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs, which have also angered many Americans. The announcement comes amid criticism of Obama's public shifting over the possibility of U.S. military action against Syria.
Some foreign policy analysts say such issues raise questions about Obama's standing around the world.