Monday, April 24, 2017

Entire Senate Summoned to Briefing at White House

According to Politico, all 100 members of the Senate chamber have been summoned to meet at the WH for a private briefing with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on the situation involving North Korea. Whether or not for security reasons, no congressional staffers will be allowed in the members' briefing.

The Administration has expressed mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threat to the United States and Asian allies.  Fox News reports U.S. commercial satellite images indicated increased activity around North Korea’s nuclear test site, while Kim Jong un has said that the country’s preparation for an ICBM launch is in its “final stage.” The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group has been ordered to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to mounting concern over the North's nuclear activity. In it's usual bluster, North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.

I think this meeting may be a clear signal to Little Kim he's pushed his luck, and about to find out he's not dealing with appeasing push-overs like Bill Clinton or Barky Obama.