Senators to attend North Korea briefing at White House

Top Trump administration officials will brief all 100 senators about North Korea’s provocative behavior next week, according to guidance sent to lawmakers Friday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will meet with senators at the White House on Wednesday to bring them up to speed on North Korea and U.S. policy toward the isolated nation.

The briefing had originally been scheduled to occur at the Senate, but instead senators must go to the White House, according to a notice sent to Capitol Hill.

No congressional staffers will be allowed in the members’ briefing.

In addition to discussing North Korea’s belligerent behavior, lawmakers are also likely to question the Trump administration on its response.

White House officials had said earlier this month that the United States was quickly sending an aircraft carrier to the region after a North Korean missile test, but later backtracked after the carrier was spotted thousands of miles away from its expected location near North Korea.

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