Obama Golfs For 4 Hours, 40 Minutes On Saturday, Then Holds Nighttime Ebola Meeting–Which New Ebola Czar Skips!
President Barack Obama’s new Ebola “czar” Ron Klain has skipped another White House meeting on the Ebola crisis, a readout of who attended a Saturday meeting with Obama shows.
Obama held the Ebola meeting after spending four hours and 40 minutes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir, according to the White House press pool report from the New York Daily News‘ Dan Friedman.
“The President on Saturday evening convened members of his national security and public health teams to update him on the response to the domestic Ebola cases,” the White House said in an email blast Saturday evening.
“The President’s advisors detailed the status of the contact tracing process to identify and, as necessary, monitor all individuals who may have come into contact with Ebola patients in Dallas following their exposure. The President’s team also reviewed for him the comprehensive measures the Administration—acting together with state and local partners—is taking to ensure that Dallas has all of the appropriate and necessary resources to diagnose any additional cases safely and effectively. The meeting concluded with a discussion of broader steps to increase the preparedness of our health sector nationwide.”
The full list of everyone who attended, according to the White House, is:
The Vice President
Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense
Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff
Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Susan Rice, National Security Advisor
Neil Eggleston, Counselor to the President
Antony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor
Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs
Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications
Anita Decker Breckenridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Suzanne George, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council
Rand Beers, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security
Brian Egan, Deputy Counsel to the President
Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Klain, who was appointed Ebola Czar on Friday by Obama, is not on this list. It's the second meeting in as many days on Ebola that Klain hasn’t attended after being appointed into the position on Friday.