With Boston In Lockdown, President Obama Meets In Situation Room With Foreign Affairs Advisers

President Obama met with senior aides in the White House Situation Room Friday morning, including not just his domestic security officials but also those charged with international affairs.

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President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss developments in the Boston bombings investigation, in the Situation Room of the White House, April 19, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: FBI Director Robert Mueller; Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Attorney General Eric Holder; Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken; and Vice President Joe Biden.

President Obama met with senior aides in the White House Situation Room Friday morning, including not just his domestic security officials but also those charged with international affairs.

Participating in the briefing are Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan joined by video conference.

Officials have still not released any information about a possible motive for the terrorist bombings. But the fact that CIA Director Brennan and Secretary of State John Kerry joined the conversation suggests that an international element to the attacks is, at least, under discussion.

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UPDATE: The meeting ended at 10:45 a.m. Shortly afterwards, at a previously scheduled appearance, Secretary of State Kerry said, “We’ve been in direct confrontation with evil.” He added, “We are going to keep watching and we will await word from the law enforcement officers.”

12 comments
fitty_three
fitty_three

It is incredible how ignorant people seem to be.  All of the crazy events have been resolved, and even Rick Perry is asking Obama for help with his disaster.

What in hell is it with people?  You may not like some of Obama's policies, but there is no denying what has been accomplished.

antonmarq
antonmarq

What should be investigated is the domestic terror tactics practiced by the media to point fingers at other countries without first getting proof. Typical GOP/Bushism, in use. Fear first, facts later.  

RAAHIGADA
RAAHIGADA

@TIME to give them death penalty soon to Boston attackers it is a shameful and hated act of the them.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@engelundgeister

In case you hadn't noticed, dummy, he's snuffed the NK situation, got China AND Russia to line up against them,  one of two suspects in the bombing were apprehended, the ricin suspect was apprehended, and the two suspects in the DA killings were apprehended.

How arfing stupid are you?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Dingaling_Ftbal @TIME  

In case you hadn't noticed, dummy, he's snuffed the NK situation, got China AND Russia to line up against them,  one of two suspects in the bombing were apprehended, the ricin suspect was apprehended, and the two suspects in the DA killings were apprehended.

How arfing stupid are you?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Schwabcycler

Of course, let's just say that the POTUS has to do his job the way Jackie Robinson had to play baseball.

Got it?