Entire U.S. Senate scheduled to receive North Korea briefing at White House

FILE - In this Friday, April 7, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pause for photographs at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability, and South Korean officials say there's a chance the country will conduct its sixth nuclear test or its maiden test launch of an ICBM around the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, April 25. Trump spoke by phone with both the Japanese and Chinese leaders Monday, April 24. China's official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea's nuclear weapons program and hoped "all parties will exercise restraint and avoid aggravating the situation." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

 

Top Trump administration officials are scheduled to hold a rare briefing Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on today.

Reuters reports all 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

It’s typically protocol for the president or his senior leaders to travel to Congress to speak about foreign policy or national security, but as tensions build on the Korean peninsula, the White House wants to discuss mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

According to Reuters, President Donald Trump criticized North Korea’s “continued belligerence” and said its actions were destabilizing during a telephone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday, the White House said.

According to the Reuters report, the classified briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT.

House aides tell Reuters they are working with the White House to schedule a similar briefing for members of the House of Representatives.

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