U.S. takes steps to protect American people from potential Arabian Peninsula threat

U.S. President Barack Obama instructed his national security team last week to take all necessary actions to protect Americans from a potential threat from the Arabian Peninsula, the White House said on Sunday.

Throughout the week, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco held regular meetings with relevant members of the committee to make sure the government is taking needed steps to counteract the potential threat.

Meetings throughout the week culminated in a meeting of the President's Principals Committee on Sunday attended by more than a dozen government officials. The attendees of the meeting included White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jeff Prescott, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Robert Mueller, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.

Rice chaired the meeting, which was meant to review the situation and take any needed follow-up actions.

President Obama attended frequent meetings during the past week on different aspects of the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures. Monaco and Rice briefed the President after the committee meeting.