Bill Clinton to Brief Obama on North Korea Mission
By Anne E. Kornblut
Former president Bill Clinton, fresh from his mission to North Korea earlier this month, is delivering his read-out on the trip to President Obama at the White House today.
Clinton and Obama have had a cordial but relatively distant relationship. Today's meeting follows a brief conversation the two had after Clinton successfully retrieved two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labor in North Korea and brought them home.
Clinton has already held a debriefing with National Security Council staff. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday morning that the meeting with Obama -- scheduled for a full hour, in the White House Situation Room -- would give the president a "crucial opportunity to speak directly with and get firsthand impressions from" the former president.
Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will not attend. But her senior adviser Cheryl Mills will be there, as will administration officials Danny Russell, Tom Donilon and Denis McDonough, as well as Clinton advisers Doug Band and Justin Cooper, both of whom traveled with the former president to North Korea. The White House plans to release a still photo of the event, which is closed to the press.
Posted at 10:05 AM ET on Aug 18, 2009
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