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

By Jenny Schlesinger

Nov 23, 2010 3:59pm

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; 
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy 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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