House Speaker John Boehner says it's up to President Barack Obama how to engage Russian President Vladmir Putin over the Edward Snowden matter.
Snowden, who leaked documents about secret American data gathering programs, was granted temporary asylum Thursday in Russia.
Here's the exchange with Boehner, R-Ohio, at his weekly news conference:
Q. Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport. Senator McCain put out a statement saying that it's a slap in the face of America (and) fundamentally changes our relationship with Russia. What do you think?
SPEAKER BOEHNER: Mr. Snowden's actions have hurt the ability of our country to protect our citizens. And I would hope that President Obama would engage President Putin on this issue and resolve it in a way that's satisfactory to the American people.
Q: Could you be more specific? Engage in what way? I mean, how?
SPEAKER BOEHNER: I'll let him decide -- I'll let him decide the best way to engage the president.