44 The Obama Presidency
Lawmakers Hear Obama Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy
Updated 5:35 p.m.
By Karen DeYoung and Michael D. Shear
President Obama briefed congressional leaders -- minus Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell (Ky) and Jon Kyl -- this afternoon on the new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy he will announce tomorrow. McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the invitation to the 1 p.m. White House session came too late yesterday afternoon to rearrange a scheduled meeting with several dozen Republican Senators.
Reports that McConnell "blew off President Obama" were ridiculous, Stewart said. The Minority Leader has "attended pretty much every other White House bipartisan" meeting and caught a separate Af-Pak briefing for non-leadership members on the Hill yesterday.
The President also telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to brief them on the plan, which will include sending hundreds of new civilian officials to Afghanistan to implement an expanded development program, and 4,000 new military trainers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in addition to the 17,000 troops Obama authorized last month.
Obama will formally present the plan to NATO at an April 3-4 alliance summit in Europe.
Posted at 5:35 PM ET on Mar 26, 2009
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