Watch Live: Obama-Cameron Press Briefing on Syria, IRS

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold a joint press conference from the White House Monday, but questions from reporters are likely to stray from the two countries' relations and instead focus on Syria and the recent IRS controversy over targeting tea party and conservative organizations.

Watch President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron's joint press conference from the White House Monday, scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

President Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House Monday, where the two are expected to talk about the more than two-year-old civil war in Syria. Britain is pushing for a stronger response to Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime but like the United States doesn't want to send ground troops.

They will address reporters' questions at a press briefing at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said last week that the two probably also would discuss Iran and the Middle East peace process, along with other matters.

In addition, President Obama likely will be asked about reports the IRS was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other groups targeting government spending. An inspector general report is expected to come out on the issue later this week. Congress intends to hold hearings.

Cameron is experiencing his own problems at home after members of his Conservative Party said the U.K. should leave the European Union, instead of waiting to see what could be done to improve Britain's relations with the EU. "The idea of throwing in the towel before the negotiation's started I think is a very, very strange opinion," Cameron told reporters on his way to the United States.

The two world leaders will meet again in June when Cameron hosts the G8 summit of industrialized nations in Northern Ireland.

Last time Cameron visited the United States was in March 2012, when he and President Obama discussed security issues in Afghanistan after U.S. troops leave in 2014:

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