Administration Official Says President Obama to Meet with BP Chairman at White House to Discuss Oil Spill

President Barack Obama is seeking a meeting with BP Plc Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and other “appropriate” company officials to discuss the company’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the government’s national incident commander, requested the June 16 meeting in Washington in a letter sent to Svanberg at the company’s London headquarters.

Looks like the president has changed his mind: The top federal official overseeing the Gulf oil spill has invited British Petroleum executives to meet with Barack Obama next week. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen issued the invitation in a letter today to BP's chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg. The letter requests that Svanberg and "any appropriate officials from BP" meet next Wednesday with senior administration officials. Obama will participate in a portion of the meeting, the letter says.