Obama to lawmakers: Crimea is 'gone'

“I was in a meeting in the White House a few weeks ago, and the president was giving us a synopsis of the problems around the world, and I said, ‘You didn’t mention Crimea. Is that just gone?’ And the basic answer was, ‘Yeah, that’s gone,’” Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute.

McKeon was reacting to a comment by Obama in his Wednesday night speech outlining a strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, where the president said: “It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian people’s right to determine their own destiny.”