09/24/2012 01:11 pm ET

Wolf Blitzer: Obama's 'View' Appearance Could Be 'Missed Opportunity' To Meet With World Leaders (VIDEO)

Wolf Blitzer suggested Monday that President Obama's decision to go on "The View" will be "potentially a missed opportunity" to meet with foreign leaders.

Obama does not have bilateral meetings scheduled for the United Nations General Assembly this week, but will tape an episode of "The View" in New York on Monday. The administration has defended the decision, explaining that Secretary of State Clinton will meet with people.

On Monday, Ashleigh Banfield asked Blitzer to weigh in on the criticism and wondered whether anything gets accomplished in the meetings.

Blitzer said that "important issues can be discussed" any time a sitting president meets with a world leader, but that Obama has considerations to make right now.

"He’s going to be speaking to millions of people who will be watching 'The View,' and they determined that is an important thing for the president to do only six weeks before the election," he remarked. He said that it was the same reason Romney recently appeared on "Live! With Kelly and Michael."

"I do think there potentially is a missed opportunity this week for the president of the United States to meet with world leaders, but he's made the decision that Secretary Clinton will meet with those world leaders and not him," Blitzer added.

"I think he’ll be taking it on the chin for it too," Banfield said.



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