In a surprise and secretly coordinated meeting, President Obama and Gen. Stanley McChrystal had a 25 minute meeting on Air Force One today to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Shortly before departing Copenhagen, Denmark, the two held their first face-to-face meeting since May while Air Force One was on the tarmac ready to fly back to Washington, D.C.
McChrystal, Obama’s top Afghanistan commander, had been in London giving a speech yesterday and flew to Copenhagen specifically to meet President Obama.
On Wednesday, McChrystal participated in the president’s three hour national security council meeting via secured video conference from Afghanistan.
McChrystal left Air Force One after meeting with the president. Aides say the general will return to Afghanistan Saturday. President Obama is en route back to Washington and will land early this afternoon.
– Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller