Where in the World is Samantha Power?
She's been on the job 19 days and has already taken a "personal trip" while Syrian civilians suffer a probable chemical attack?
The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting to discuss the attack on Thursday and Samantha Power, who excoriated the UN in her confirmation hearing for not acting on Syria, was nowhere to be found.
She was apparently on a "pre-arranged personal trip" according to Fox News who quoted a spokesman.
But have no fear, our fearless ambassador is still on the job:
A U.S. mission official told Fox News that Power was on a pre-arranged personal trip that left her unable to get back to the U.N. in time, but maintained that she was focusing closely on the Syria attack.
"Ambassador Power has secure communications and has been in constant contact with her staff and the White House," the official said. "She is monitoring events, participated in the National Security Council meeting on Egypt convened by the president, and is providing instructions to her staff."
One of the Obama administration's most vocal critics of its U.N. operation, though, blasted Power for her absence.
"Samantha Power has been on the job exactly 19 days. In that time, she's already traveled from New York to Los Angeles to deliver a speech. Her absence from the UN on Wednesday sends a terrible message at a time when U.S. credibility in the region is suffering," Richard Grenell, a former U.N. spokesman under the George W. Bush administration, wrote in an online column.
Grenell also told Fox News that her absence at this meeting could "scar her career."
The White House is digging deeper into the alleged attacks, confirming that President Obama ordered the U.S. intelligence community to probe the latest attacks and gather evidence to find out what happened.
Separately, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. at this point is "unable to conclusively determine" that chemical weapons were used.
Psaki also declined, twice, to say where Power was during Wednesday's meeting.
Asked by Fox News if she was on vacation, Psaki said: "I don't have any more details for you."
Asked again, Psaki said: "She had a previously scheduled trip. I don't think I need to go into more detail from here."