David Axelrod Says He Did Not Attend ‘Terror Tuesdays’

Posted June 3, 2012 at 11:15am

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod flatly denied a New York Times report that he attended White House meetings about terror threats.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Axelrod “began showing up at the ‘Terror Tuesday’ meetings,” but that he had an “unspeaking presence.”

In an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday, Axelrod said that was inaccurate.

“I’m flat out asserting that that is not true,” he said. “There were meetings — I know there were weekly meetings dealing with terrorist threats and planning around it, but I did not attend those meetings.”

Host Bob Schieffer pressed Axelrod, noting that House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is “concerned” about the reports.

“Let me allay his concerns, Bob, because that’s not true,” Axelrod said.

The report had stirred up conservatives online, since it would represent a blurring of the lines between national security and campaign strategy.

Schieffer did have a minor correction. In questioning Axelrod, he attributed the report to a new book about Obama’s handling of terrorism instead of the Times article. Later in the show, he corrected the record.