Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine; Putin Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries

Daniel Halper
The Weekly Standard

A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.

“The President’s national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon,” reads the full statement.

According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. “Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team,” says Miller.



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H/T Patriot Update



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….happy hour after Crimea, Las Vegas after Benghazi…



Update 2: Lefties go full meltdown over Time journo’s side-by-side image of Obama and Putin [pic]

Meanwhile, be sure to check the photos in the comments section of the article…and scroll all the way down. 



It only took Obama 5 years…

…To turn a cold war victory that it took half a dozen presidents from Harry Truman to George Bush 41 to win into defeat. The question isn’t if Putin is going to keep the Crimea that’s already been established, the question is: Will there be an independent country called “Ukraine” anymore or…



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