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Obama Briefed on Counterterrorism Efforts, Egypt Accident

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(KAILUA, Hawaii) -- President Obama attended to some presidential duties Sunday before enjoying his fourth day of vacation.

The president received a briefing on the “ongoing counter-terrorism efforts” from National Security Staff Senior Director for Counterterrorism Nick Rasmussen and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes. This was after President Obama's adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security, John Brennan, convened another inter-agency coordination call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter, national security staff traveling with the president in Hawaii, and other representatives from the FBI, CIA and the counterterrorism community. It was the second of such calls since the president has been on the island.

“During the call, they reviewed our continued efforts to stay vigilant throughout the holiday season, and to coordinate with our foreign partners,” the White House said.

In addition, the White House said the president was briefed on the “tragic traffic accident,” that took the lives of a number of American citizens in Egypt this weekend and “the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to support the victims and their families.”

Obama also had a phone conversation with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who is recovering from back surgery in New York.

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