Obama to hold press conference next Friday

WASHINGTON Thu Sep 2, 2010 5:17pm EDT

President Barack Obama is flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) as he makes comments on the Middle East Peace process in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, September 1, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama is flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) as he makes comments on the Middle East Peace process in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, September 1, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference on Friday, September 10, the White House said on Thursday.

It also said in a statement that he would make two trips next week to talk about the economy, visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday and Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday.

Obama has been criticized in some quarters for holding relatively few press conferences, and for taking a limited number of questions when he faces the media.

His last extensive question-and-answer session with reporters was at the Toronto Group of 20 summit in June. But he has not held a full-blown, prime time press conference in the White House's stately East Room in over a year.

The White House did not spell out what format the president's press conference next week would take.

(Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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