President Barack Obama greets guests at a picnic held for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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President Barack Obama thanked the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for offering condolences after 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, as the pair once again angered China by meeting at the White House.China condemned the meeting after the White House listed it on Obama's public schedule.White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama has "warm personal feelings" toward the 80-year-old Dalai Lama and fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate. China strongly disapproved of the meeting.Obama held the meeting in the Map Room, instead of the Oval Office, because the Dalai Lama is not a head of state.
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