CNN's Acosta to Earnest: Do You Believe ISIS Has Established A Caliphate? Earnest: No


At Thursday's press briefing, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest if the White House believes ISIS has now established a caliphate in the Middle East.

"No, I don't believe that at all," Earnest responded.

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Do you believe that ISIS has established something as a caliphate?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: No, I don't believe that at all. What we actually see is we see that --

ACOSTA: They do control territory.

EARNEST: They do control some territory, less than they used to.

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