President Obama, White House, Continue Focus on North Korean Attack

Even as he returns from Kokomo, Indiana, where he talked about the economy and domestic issues, President Obama and the White House continue their behind-the-scenes focus on North Korea’s attack on South Korea.

President Obama is still expected to phone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak upon returning to the White House.

Meanwhile, in the White House Situation Room at this hour, officials are gathering to discuss the rogue regime.

These include:

  • National Security Adviser Tom Donilon;
  • Vice President Biden’s National Security Adviser Tony Blinken;
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton;
  • Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg;
  • Secretary of Defense Robert Gates;
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy;
  • US Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice (via secure video teleconference);
  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper;
  • Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell;
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen;
  • Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright;
  • Adm. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (via secure video teleconference);
  • Gen. Sharp, Commander U.S. Forces Korea (via secure video teleconference);
  • Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan;
  • Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough;
  • Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes;
  • National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs Jeff Bader;
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President Mary DeRosa;
  • Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel; and
  • Senior White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Counterterrorism and Arms Control Gary Samore.

-Jake Tapper

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