President Barack Obama on Saturday met with his senior national security team to review efforts to mitigate potential terrorist threats, and review steps taken to enhance US security leading into the 9/11 anniversary, the White House announced.
“The President praised the excellent coordination and information sharing taking place among federal, state and local officials,” the statement said.
“He directed his team to pursue vigorously all threat information and to ensure a heightened state of vigilance and preparedness as we commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.”
Obama stressed that the United States must not relax its counterterrorism efforts in the weeks and months that follow, as the safety and security of the American people must be a daily priority for all departments and agencies.
“The President said that he wants to be kept fully apprised of developments related to the recent threat information, and asked for regular updates on security preparations,” the White House said.
Obama will attend anniversary memorials on Sunday at the World Trade Center grounds in New York; in Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and at the Pentagon in Washington — the sites where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.