US President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the Oval Office of the White House on August 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama announced Thursday that he would hold a rare White House news conference the next US President Barack Obama is to hold a rare White House news conference on Friday, he confirmed on Thursday. When reporters called out questions about US relations with Russia, Obama responded: "Guys, I'm gonna be having a press conference tomorrow. Why don't you ask that question tomorrow?" The news conference will begin at 3 p.m.