September 23rd, 2008
05:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin briefed by Director of National Intelligence

Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.
Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Before heading out for a trio of well-publicized meetings with foreign dignitaries on Tuesday, Sarah Palin received a national security briefing from the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, who met with the governor this morning in her New York hotel.

Palin’s top foreign policy adviser informed reporters of the meeting at a small briefing following Palin’s visits with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The adviser, Stephen Biegun, formerly a senior official on the National Security Council under President Bush, characterized the intelligence briefing as “routine” and said it was the sort of meeting that “is standard for candidates for the vice president and president.” Biegun said several officials were present to brief Palin.

Palin then departed her hotel for a series of motorcade trips around Manhattan, visiting with foreign leaders for the first time in her career.

“These are relationships that she intuitively understands are very important for the next President and Vice President of the United States,” Biegun said of the meetings.

In those get-togethers, Palin kept the focus primarily on energy issues and the growing influence of Russia, according to Biegun. Palin found Kissinger particularly engrossing - their meeting had been scheduled to last 30 minutes, but the two met for nearly an hour and a half.

“In talking to Dr. Kissinger,” Biegun said, “she certainly had a lot of questions about how the United States can develop a cooperative relationship with Russia, what are some of the unique challenges to the current state of Russia's political development, and having been in particular, some of the recent developments we've seen with Russia - backsliding democracy, Russia’s incursion into Georgia.”

Asked about her meetings with Karzai and Uribe, Biegun said Palin “liked them very much” and “established a great personal rapport.”

With Karzai, Palin chatted for half an hour about John McCain’s desire to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. With Uribe, she listened for about 20 minutes as the president discussed the country’s security situation and its handling of the FARC guerillas.

According to Biegun, “rather than make specific policy prescriptions, she was largely listening, having an exchange of views, and also very interested in forming a relationship with people she met with today.”

Biegun, who is helping prepare Palin for her debate with Sen. Joseph Biden on October 2 in St. Louis, would not say what specific topics the governor was concentrating on in her study sessions.


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  1. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Maybe they are all right in how to solve the financial crisis!
    Novel! Try it ! It is getting deep and a hurricane is coming stop sandbagging!

    It is our tax dollars! Or fire them!

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. high school student making a difference

    LOL this is ridiculous

    Now she can add "Spoke with numerous heads of state for less than 45 minutes in NYC" to her list of foreign policy experience that includes "Seeing Russia from Alaska". If the UN weren't convening today, she wouldn't even have done this. Nice try GOP, we aren't stupid.

    BOJO '08

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. cecil

    We Wouldn't Know. "What's The Big Secret"
    Just A Pull String Doll. What A Double Standard.
    McCain Camp Treating Her Like Some Rare Jewel.
    Poor VP Choice.

    “Only in White Republican America would a black man with a law degree from Harvard, 12 years in politics, four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking 20 month and counting presidential campaign ever not be ready for the presidency while a white female evangelical with 19 months in national politics and a bachelors in journalism, is considered a heart beat away ‘ready on day one’.”

    Oh I Guess Because She's Gov. 5000 people.

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    I see right through the republican strategy. They're hiding her from the media to lower peoples expectations.

    Once everyone feels she can't even handle a press conference, she will finally do one, & people will be surprised that she can actually talk!

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Chuck

    RSP

    RSP:

    NO, you give us a break by asking the American people to determine whether this woman is qaulified to be VP and one heart beat away from the Presidency in a few short weeks.

    You're right, Obama has been known and vetted for the last 2 1/2 years. We already know he has it.

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Niel

    Just pathetic!

    God help the USA and God help the world

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Terry B.

    I can hear it now...."Is your country any where near Ireland?, I landed there once to refuel and was wondering if I could have seen it from my airplane window.."....

    God help us.....

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Mark

    Ok Obama supporters,,,,,,

    Exactly who has Obama ever dealt with in a foreign basis??
    Who has he sat down with a spoke to?
    What foreign policies has he ever developed?
    Oh,, please do not count his Muslim buddies.

    The press should not have been allowed in, would Obama want them in when he was talking to them,, I doubt it.

    Why has Obama not issued any plan on the Wall Street mess, no, he wants to sit back and wait.

    September 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Nando, Florida

    STILL A BUCKET OF FLUFF!!!!

    September 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Darryl

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of Walt Monegan is looking into whether Palin influenced a workers' compensation claim from her former brother in-law.

    Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten had his benefits denied three months after an injury forced him out of work. It became part of the probe after the adjuster who handled Wooten's case tipped off the Legislature's investigator.

    The women is under investigation, guess what? it not for crossing the street on a red light. She is corrupt and eight Republicans and four Democrats Senator voted to investigate her..

    Do any one care she crooked??????

    September 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. D

    the difference between her and obama was he met people on his own who wanted to meet him. Mccain set this up and forces people to meet with this women. She is a joke.

    September 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. the other jd

    Sorry, but I am still waiting for McCain to say whether he supports the 700 billion bail-out or not. His testicles must be going numb from riding the fence so long.

    September 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Ron , West Coast

    The media should do it`s job... We don`t want second imformation .
    We want news straight from the horses mouth. We`ve gone through this So-Called reporting in the past..... Remember the run up to the Iraq War...
    We want to hear Palin asked and answer questions from the media!!
    If she wwill not give interviewsto the main stream media then " Stop Giving Her Media Coverage "..... It`s just that simple.....

    September 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Mark

    I look forward to Sarah kicking Bidens butt all over the debate stage

    September 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Mary Hussein

    Truly pathetic! She " intuitively understands are very important for the next President and Vice President of the United States,” Biegun said of the meetings." Ya think?! It might be important to put a face with a name when missiles are flying. Palin is an I-D-I-O-T! And McLoser is a pandering moron.

    McCain/Palin- Unable/Unstable!

    September 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Tom

    It's just a GOP PR tactic to get her 'immersed' into the federal policies. If she was a Democrat, Dick Cheney would have never given her this opportunity.

    September 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Lexie

    Remember Palin is just a heartbeat away. Can you imagine?!??! Heaven help us all.

    September 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. John Smith

    I like this post:
    “Only in Republican America would a black man with a law degree from Harvard, 12 years in politics, four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns ever not be ready for the presidency while a white female evangelical with 19 months in national politics and a bachelors in journalism is considered ‘ready on day one’.”

    And add: Palin is all LEGS, no substance!

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. First time voter

    What scared me the most is that they will win and she will have no say what so ever in the mcain administration hence sending women politician back 50 years

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. R. Squibbs

    Palin looked out the window and saw buildings and sidewalks. Now Tucker Bounds says she's an expert on urban planning.

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Ann

    Gidget does Foreign Policy lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Mary Hussein

    "she was largely listening, having an exchange of views, " So which was it, was she listening or exchangine views? You can't have an exchange if you're only listening.

    Ignorant~

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Obamabots set to self-destruct on November 5th 2008

    Wow!

    Palin is showing that she has what it takes to develop solid relationships with foreign leaders by their reactions they seem to really have fallen in love with Mrs. Palin as most Americans have due to her unbiased devotion to the American people of Alaska.

    So now the case is closed. Sarah Palin has more foreign policy experience and has met more world leaders than the Jr. Freshman Senator from Illinois.

    McCain for Latin Americans!!

    September 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Find out the facts....

    I cannot believe that this women is even considered by some as ready to lead.....
    She has to have a "Leadership Workshop" so she can find out what is going on in the World.
    This really scares me.....this person could very well be our President, her running mate is a 72 years old man who has had cancer several times....She know as much as I would had I had the opportunity to sit down with all these people.
    Again, no news reporters allowed in there for these meetings.
    Why is the Republican party so afraid to let her talk....what might she say that they do not want her to.
    Scary...very scary.

    September 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Va for Obama

    To: "The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square" – you are insane, right?

    September 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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