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Dem Sen. Duckworth: WH Briefing Was 'Dog and Pony Show'

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 10:45 PM

At least one Democratic senator who attended the classified White House briefing on North Korea on Wednesday left unimpressed.

"I seriously felt like I could have gotten all that information by reading a newspaper," Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "I did not see any new information coming out of that briefing at all. It felt more like a dog and pony show to me than anything else."

Duckworth said all the information given was just general in nature, including opening remarks from President Donald Trump.

The White House appeared to organize the whole thing for optics, she said, noting that the 100 senators had to be put into buses, tying up traffic both ways, when the Senate building itself has a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) large enough for all to enter, while the White House compound does not.

Instead, she said, an auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House West Wing had to get a security sweep before the senators were briefed.

And, she said, the same people who briefed them rode back to the Capitol with them where they gave the 435 members of the House the same briefing.

"I wish the White House would actually care more about getting stuff done instead of just coming out with rhetoric and tweets," she said.

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