Nightly News   |  January 18, 2014

Obama Assures Germany US is Not Spying

President Obama speaks to German TV a day after he banned the type of NSA eavesdropping that one targeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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>> president obama sought to assure one of america's closest allies that the u.s. is not interested in spying on its friends. the frez spoke to german tv after his speak where he band the type of nsa leakage.

>> reporter: in ana tempt to reassure key u.s. allies, president obama spoke exclusively to german tv network bbs after outlining plans to curb mass collection of phone records.

>> a lot of suspicion had been built up in germany and around the world in the wake of the snowden disclosures. it's going to take time to win back trust.

>> reporter: on friday mr. obama announced the government will no longer hold on to mass telephone records. he tasked the attorney general's office to find a different way. the u.s. will no longer spy on its allies.

>> we do not listen to people's phone calls or read their e-mails if there are no national security threats involved.

>> reporter: the interview, a clear attempt to repair her his relationship with angela merkel .

>> what i can say is as long as i'm president of the united states , the chancellor of germany will not have to worry about this.

>> reporter: in washington, mixed reaction. house speaker john boehner accusing the president of failing to adequately explain the necessity of these programs. in an interview that will air on "meet the press" tomorrow dianne feinstein and mike rogers were both largely supportive.

>> i think that what the president has said is that he wanted to maintain the capability of the program.

>> some of the suggestions on how to move forward, i have some concerns with, but i thought it was really an important role for the president to play.

>> reporter: privacy advocates say that the nsa needs to be reined in more. they also argue that the president left some of the hardest questions answered like who will store the data. some changes require congressional approval which means the process could be extensive. lester?

>> kristen welker, thanks. we saw a reminder that david gregory will have much more tomorrow on the fallout to the president's questions on "meet the press."