While in town on January 31st, Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs, discussed with media correspondents about the NATO/G8 Summits.
Several other cities in the United States of America were considered for hosting the Summits. Chicago was chosen because of President Obama’s pride and confidence that Chicago could host the Summits, Chicago being connected to global economy, and the international presence and diversity found in the city.
During the briefings topics of discussion during the NATO summit were revealed. They will include the transition in Afghanistan from U.S. and NATO forces to Afghan security, the NATO community’s defense capability, and global partnership with other non-NATO countries.
Rhodes and Sherwood-Randall also discussed during the briefings that they envision the foreign dignitaries who attend the Summits to visit the different ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago. This will mean that dignitaries, their security details, and their motorcades will be moving around all parts of the city.
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