Obama praises Italian leader’s progressive, bold leadership

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama praised Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday for “bold” and “progressive” leadership that Obama said is exactly what Europe needs at a time of crisis and soul-searching.

    Obama also hailed U.S. relations with Italy, saying America has many strong allies around the world but that few are as strong, reliable and capable as the boot-shaped country. “In good times and in bad, we count on each other,” Obama said.

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