When Will Obama Speak About Attacks? 'We'll See,' Spokesman Says on Monday Morning

By Susan Jones | September 19, 2016 | 7:51am EDT
Crime scene investigators work Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the scene of Saturday's explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(CNSNews.com) - "The president's been receiving updates on the situation, you know, overnight and already this morning," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday morning.

"I would expect that he'll have an opportunity to sit down with his national security team, many members of whom are traveling with him this this week. And we'll see what the president's schedule looks like for later in the day. But obviously this is something that we're very focused on."

Host Mika Brzezinski followed up, asking Earnest, "At some point he will address it today?"

"Well, look, I think that the president will have an opportunity to talk later today, and I'll let him speak for himself."

President Obama went to a Democrat fundraiser in New York Sunday night, and a transcript of his remarks shows that he said nothing about terrorism in general or the weekend attacks in particular. Instead, he talked about electing Hillary Clinton.

As of Monday morning, Obama has made no public comment on the series of bombings and stabbings in three states -- Minnesota, New York and New Jersey -- that took place on Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday morning, right around the time Earnest spoke to MSNBC, the New York Police Department said that 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami is being sought for questioning in the New York City explosion that injured 29 people. The AP reported that Rahami is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan.

President Obama is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. While there, he plans to host a "Leaders' Summit on Refugees."


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