Top U.S. officials met today to review the Al Qaeda threat that prompted the State Department to issue a worldwide travel alert and close down 22 embassies and consulates for the weekend, a threat that has been described by Rep. Peter King as “very specific.”
The meeting, which took place this afternoon, was chaired by National Security Advisor Susan Rice with the Principals Committee to “further review the situation and follow-up actions,” according to the White House.
Among those at the meeting this afternoon were the secretaries of state, defense and homeland security and the directors of the FBI and CIA. Rice then joined Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, in briefing the president, the White House said in a statement.
“The president has received frequent briefings over the last week on all aspects of the potential threat and our preparedness measures,” according to the statement.
The travel alert was the first of its kind since an announcement preceding the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It came as Washington prepared to close its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world this Sunday over security concerns.
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