Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Q. Is this a crisis meeting, Mr. President?
The President. I hope not. [Laughter] The Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs say it's a meeting to discuss their review of the defense needs of the country and how we're going——
Q. Was the Somalia raid bungled?
The President. I don't think I would characterize it in that way.
NOTE: The exchange began at 4:16 p.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White House. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.
William J. Clinton, Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/217260