Readout of the President’s National Security Meeting this Morning
This morning, President Obama had a secure conference call beginning at 9:20AM local time with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. President Obama received a briefing from General Ham on U.S. military operations in Libya, as part of the international effort to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973. The President also discussed the ongoing military and diplomatic consultations taking place on the situation in Libya. The President offered his thanks and admiration to General Ham and asked that he communicate that to all of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who are carrying out this operation.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama makes a statement on Libya from the East Room of the White House on Friday. Obama announced that the United States and other world powers will stand with Libyans who are against Muammar el-Qaddafi but will not commit ground forces. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama gives a press conference at the White House on Friday. Obama urged leaders in the Middle East to seize the “great opportunity” presented by the current turmoil to conduct much-needed political and economic reforms. He also addressed the earthquake that struck Japan. (CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters after a closed committee meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. McCain and other committee members were briefed by officials from the Pentagon about the current military situation in Libya, where rebels are clashing with forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)