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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

President spends day meeting with aides, speaks with Indian leader

September 16, 2001

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— President Bush spoke Sunday with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who offered condolences and a promise of support following last week's terrorist attacks.

India could play an important role if the United States undertakes a military response in and around Afghanistan.

Administration spokesman Sean McCormack said the two leaders spoke for seven minutes. He did not provide further details. Bush spoke with Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Saturday.

Bush on Sunday sought a return to his weekend routine after convening an extraordinary gathering of Cabinet members and top intelligence advisers a day earlier to consider options for retaliation.

The president went jogging, took a long walk and went to church at the Camp David chapel Sunday, McCormack said.

He met with Vice President Dick Cheney and had lunch with aides, spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

After delivering his harshest words yet condemning the terrorists and promising to "smoke them out of their holes," Bush let two top aides do the talking publicly Sunday.

Cheney and Attorney General John Ashcroft discussed the attacks on television news shows, while Bush stayed out of sight most of the day.

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