The Bush Administration says United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan should remain in his post.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, says President Bush has confidence in Mr. Annan, and dismissed speculation the administration was trying to push the Ghanaian diplomat out.
Several conservative U.S. lawmakers have called on Mr. Annan to resign over the corruption scandal involving the UN-administered oil-for-food program. Mr. Annan has especially come under fire over his son Kojo's involvement with a Swiss firm that had a contract under the program.
Several prominent South Africans, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, are defending the secretary-general. The African statesmen are linking the calls for Mr. Annan's resignation to his sharp differences with President Bush over the US led war in Iraq.