The Presidential Planner

Mar 3, 2011 7:39am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

After receiving his regular rounds of morning briefings, President Obama will hold his monthly meeting with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Expected attendees include:  

  • The Vice President
  • Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
  • Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
  • Eric Holder, Attorney General
  • William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff
  • Jack Lew, Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Ambassador Susan Rice, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
  • Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor
  • James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
  • John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State
  • Neil Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
  • Michele Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Leon Panetta, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Rajiv Shah, Administrator, Agency for International Development
  • Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via video conference)
  • Ambassador Cameron Munter, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (via video conference)
  • Ambassador Marc Grossman, Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (via video conference)
  • Deputy Ambassador Tony Wayne, U.S. Embassy Kabul (via video conference)
  • Tony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President
  • General James Mattis, Commander, CENTCOM
  • General David Petraeus, Commander, ISAF (via video conference)
  • VADM Michael LeFever, Commander, Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan (via video conference)
  • Doug Lute, Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan

In the afternoon, the President will hold an expanded bilateral meeting and a one on one meeting with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico in the Oval Office.

Administration officials, previewing the visit in a conference call with reporters, said that the meeting between the two presidents would focus on a number of issues.

On the security front, the “acceleration of Merida implementation,”  the illegal flow of weapons and drugs across the border will be discussed. Additionally, administration officials that many non-security issues would be spoken about – including competitiveness and economic benefits of the relationship between the two countries.

Following these meetings, the President and President Felipe Calderón will hold a news conference in the East Room.

The two presidents will then hold a private working lunch in the Old Family Dining Room.

In the evening, the President will call the crews of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station as Discovery conducts its final mission in orbit.

"The President will congratulate the crews on their achievements in support of this unique orbiting research laboratory and express his gratitude for their dedication to the exploration of space," the White House said in a statement.

-Sunlen Miller


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