Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday."Unusual." Indeed.
All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.
While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.
Meanwhile, as I noted in today's We Resist thread, Trump has dispatched a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group toward Korean waters, and has called U.N. Security Council ambassadors to the White House, saying North Korea is "a problem that we have to finally solve."
1. Last 24 hours seen 3 major intell indicators of escalating US threat to strike NK. Haley's threat, UNSC & Senate to WH. Trouble inbound.— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) April 24, 2017
2. WH must have made a decision to strong arm Kim to stop ICBM/Nuke tests but may be miscalculating his resolve. Watch for Accelerated tests— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) April 24, 2017
This is extremely worrisome. To put it mildly.