Obama to speak on Mubarak resignation
The announcement by Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president came just as President Obama was meeting with senior national security team members in the White House. "The President was informed of President Mubarak’s decision to step down during a meeting in the Oval Office. He then watched TV ...
The announcement by Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president came just as President Obama was meeting with senior national security team members in the White House.
"The President was informed of President Mubarak’s decision to step down during a meeting in the Oval Office. He then watched TV coverage of the scene in Cairo for several minutes in the outer Oval," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement to reporters.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg were in attendance at the White House meeting. The daily State Department press briefing is on hold.
Obama will make an on-camera statement on the situation in Egypt later today around 1:30 p.m.
See a live stream of the celebration scene on Tahrir Square here.
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