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Jake Tapper: Obama learned extent of Egypt violence Thursday morning

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By ASHE SCHOW
AUGUST 15, 2013

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CNN correspondent Jake Tapper said that President Obama was only informed of the extent of the violence in Egypt on Thursday morning. (AP File) CNN correspondent Jake Tapper said that President Obama was only informed of the extent of the...
CNN host Jake Tapper said President Obama's decision to speak about the violence in Egypt on Thursday came after a phone call that morning where he was informed about the severity of the situation.

Tapper said the news came from a senior White House official, who said Obama was briefed on the situation by National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday. Apparently, the woman who had blamed the September 11, 2012, attack on Benghazi on a Youtube video did not fully inform the president during his vacation about the violence taking place in Egypt.

"But this morning, the president had a phone call, a principals meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper," Tapper wrote. "It was during that briefing that the president heard about the severity of the violence in Egypt. That conversation motivated him to come out Thursday, and call for calm."

So the current situation in Egypt, in which over 500 people have been killed and that has been all over the news the past two days is just reaching the president of the United States now?

"If Jake Tapper is right, then the president would be well-served to seek information from other sources besides Susan Rice, who somehow failed to recognize the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic mission as terrorism for many days after the attack last year," wrote James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation. "But he chose to promote her for her political loyalty despite her foreign policy errors."

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Jake Tapper: Obama learned extent of Egypt violence Thursday morning | WashingtonExaminer.com

Hmm... Nothing should get in the way of Obama's vacation. Incompetence seems to be the leading theme in the Obama administration.
 
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