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Obama Convened a Meeting Coordinating Gov’t Ebola Response — and Someone Was Noticeably Absent

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President Barack Obama, left, speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington. Next to the President are Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Susan Rice, National Security Adviser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)\n

President Barack Obama held a meeting Friday afternoon with his national security and public health teams aimed at coordinating the federal government's response to Ebola — and someone was noticeably absent.

According to the list of participants released by the White House, the president's new "Ebola Czar" Ron Klain was not in attendance.

President Barack Obama, left, speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington. Next to the President are Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Susan Rice, National Security Adviser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) President Barack Obama, left, speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington. Next to the President are Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Susan Rice, National Security Adviser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here's the full list of attendees, from the White House:

The Vice President

Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff

Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

John Podesta, Counselor to the President

Susan Rice, National Security Advisor

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Samantha Power, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations (via secure video conference)

Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development

Nancy Powell, State Department Ebola Coordinator

Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications

Joshua Earnest, Press Secretary

Suzanne George, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council

Brian Egan, National Security Council Legal Advisor

Rand Beers, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Klain was specifically tasked with coordinating "this broad inter-agency response."

Yet, while representatives from most agencies were present in the meeting, Klain was not.

It was not immediately clear why the new "Ebola Czar" was absent and an email from TheBlaze to the White House was not immediately returned Friday night.

The White House said during the meeting the president was updated on the status of tracing individuals who may have come into contact with the Dallas Ebola patients. Plans to provide resources to local officials were also discussed in the meeting.

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