White House: Debt crisis is ‘ultimately’ Greece’s ‘responsibility’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew is in touch with European leaders “with some regularity” on the Greek debt crisis.

Replying to a question by news organisation Newsmax, he said that “ultimately, it will be the responsibility of Greece” and its international creditors “for resolving these difficulties.”

Newsmax asked at the White House conference if the president was in regular consultation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras.

“The president is not,” Earnest replied. “But the Treasury secretary, Jack Lew, has been engaged with his counterparts and with some European leaders on this issue with some regularity. This is the way the United States facilitated previous rounds of this financial difficulty.”

He added that among those leaders Lew has been engaged with is Tsipras himself.

The president’s top spokesman added that “we are obviously aware of the significant economic consequences of Greece being able to meet its financial obligations and continue to be part of the currency union in Europe.”