President Bush consults Saturday with his national security team on America's response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Mr. Bush will conduct the meeting by teleconference from Camp David, his retreat in the Maryland mountains.

Fighter jets were patrolling the skies over Washington as the President's helicopter left the White House for Camp David.

Unlike last weekend, his top national security aides will not join him at the mountain retreat. Instead, they will confer via telephone.

Aides say the president expects to stay out of the public eye all day Saturday, although his weekly radio address will be broadcast as usual.

His next public appearance will come early Sunday as reporters and photographers are admitted to Camp David to witness the raising of the American flag. Flags across the nation have been flying at half-staff since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

On Sunday, the official national mourning period will end and flags will fly at full staff once again.