President Obama told NBC News that if he were in Representative Anthony D. Weiner’s position, “I would resign,” according to a senior network executive.
The president stopped short of specifically demanding that Mr. Weiner resign, saying: “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it’s a service to the public.”
But he strongly suggested that it was in the best interests of Mr. Weiner and his constituents if the Democratic congressman were to step aside.
He later added: “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back.”
Mr. Weiner has faced calls for his resignation from a laundry list of top Democratic leaders, but the White House has limited its involvement, calling Mr. Weiner, until tonight, a “distraction.”
Mr. Weiner has entered a treatment center to deal with a pattern of reckless online behavior with women, which including sending racy photographs and salacious language to at least six women over the last three years.
The NBC interview with Mr. Obama could be broadcast either Monday night or Tuesday morning.