Thursday, February 23, 2006

Bush officials brief lawmakers on Dubai port deal .... (ONLY ONE REPUBLICAN SHOWED UP)

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government took its public relations offensive to Congress, hoping to quell a public backlash over a controversial deal allowing a Dubai company to run several major US ports.

Officials from a dozen federal agencies took part in the briefing on plans for a United Arab Emirates (UAE) state-owned firm, Dubai Ports World, to acquire a British firm which currently manages the six US ports.


At Thursday's briefing, Senator Hillary Clinton called the deal "a failure of judgment" by the White House.

"Port security is national security and national security is port security," the New York Democrat said at the briefing by representatives from the departments of State, Commerce, Defense,
Homeland Security and other federal agencies.

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