When was the last time a President summoned the entire U.S. Senate to the White House?
Independent Journal Review explains events:
It is very unusual for the entire Senate to attend such a briefing hosted by that cadre of top U.S. officials, leading many to wonder what exactly might be going on behind the scenes.
North Korea has made repeated nuclear threats against the United States and has carried out controversial missile tests that have only increased tensions in the area.
Further, U.S. intelligence showed increased activity near North Korea’s nuclear test site and Kim Jong Un claimed preparation for a nuclear test is in its “final stage.”
While most meetings of this kind are either held on Capitol Hill or in smaller groups, this one was intentionally set to encompass the entire senate, and information given is sensitive.
The Washington Post says:
A senior Trump administration official said the meeting with senators will take place in the auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the building next to the White House that houses most of the National Security Council. The auditorium will be temporarily turned into a “sensitive compartmented information facility,” or SCIF, which is the term for a room where sensitive national security information can be shared, the official said.
Such facilities are configured to withstand eavesdropping or other technical snooping.
Obviously there’s a plan in place, but not being released to the public yet. Here’s betting that’s why the senate was summoned.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated Monday that North Korea’s next moves will determine how America responds.
“We are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something,” she said on NBC, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
“If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that,” she said. “But right now, we’re saying, ‘Don’t test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions,’ and I think he’s understanding that.”
Also, Nikki Haley gave a strong warning.
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