Bush: Tapping emergency oil would endanger U.S.

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday gave his strongest statement yet rejecting calls to halt shipments to the emergency oil reserve as a way of alleviating higher gasoline prices.

"We will not play politics with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve," Bush told reporters after a meeting with his Cabinet. Bush added that tapping the reserve would endanger the United States in the fight against terrorism.