Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa MR. SPICER: I've got a Michael Anton here from the National Security Committee. I think with respect to President X’s visit, we intend to have a readout later.
PoliticalNews.me - Apr 08,2017 - Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa
Palm Beach, Florida
1:10 P.M. EDT
MR. SPICER: We'll talk about individual stuff afterwards, but right now I want to make sure that the President has an opportunity to -- his words and his audio.
Q It's off camera?
MR. SPICER: It's off. Off. Everything is off.
Q Turn it off.
MR. SPICER: I've got a Michael Anton here from the National Security Committee. I think with respect to President X’s visit, we intend to have a readout later. Hopefully we can -- we'll gather with the pool at the very least. We'll see what the rest of the day looks like -- trying to get back over here as well. But we'll continue to update that.
I just wanted to provide a little bit of a tick-tock on the President’s action. I know there’s been a lot of interest in this. And then we can take a few questions. But with respect to the actions the President took in Syria and the questions regarding the timeline, let me just kind of walk you through it.
On Tuesday, at about 10:30 a.m. in the morning, the President was informed during the course of his Daily Presidential Briefing about the actions in Syria. He, at that time, asked the team for additional information and updates. The interagency team spent the day developing an initial range of options for the President. At about 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, there was a restricted deputy committee meeting on the situation. Preliminary options were presented and refined.
Q Sean, can you talk louder, please?
MR. SPICER: I'm sorry. On Tuesday night, there was additional -- there was a deputies meeting at the White House where options were presented and refined and interagency guidance was developed.
Wednesday morning, a restricted principals meeting was conducted with interagency options and gave further guidance to refine. Around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a National Security meeting was convened where the President was briefed on options. He reviewed the options in detail, asked a series of questions to his team, requested further information, and the decision to reconvene on Thursday was made.
At about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, en route to Florida, the President convened the national security team that was aboard Air Force One, and others via secure videoconference on Air Force One. Later that day, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the President, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor and other members of the national security team met in a secure room down here where they were piped in with the rest of the team via secure video-teleconference. The President gave the okay to move ahead.
At approximately 7:40:59 p.m., Tomahawk missiles were launched from Navy destroyers in the Eastern Mediterranean --
Q What time was that?
MR. SPICER: 7:40 p.m. -- 1940 Eastern, from Navy destroyers in the Eastern Mediterranean. All 59 hit their target. At 8:30 p.m., notification