(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that the policy governing U.S. surveillance of foreign allies is currently “imbalanced” and that there must be a “thorough” review. “I don't think there's any question that there needs to be review, there ought to be review, and it ought to be thorough,” Boehner said in response to a question from ABC’s Jeff Zeleny at a press conference.
“We've got obligations to the American people to keep them safe. We've got obligations to our allies around the world.”
“But having said that, we've got to find the right balance here,” Boehner added. “And clearly, there's -- we're imbalanced as we stand here.”
Boehner appeared to endorse a call by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., for a “major review” into how the U.S. collects its intelligence. She said on Monday that the present approach is flawed and that it is a “big problem” that President Obama was not aware of alleged direct surveillance of several allied foreign leaders.
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