Earnest: The Term 'Radical Islamic Extremism' Is A Republican Talking Point


"It is outrageous," to claim that the president is "scared" to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism," WH spokesman Josh Earnest said on CNN's 'New Day' Tuesday.

"The truth of the matter is, the individuals who spend most of their time talking about radical Islamic terrorism, are individuals like Republicans in the Senate, who would prevent those individuals from being able to buy a gun. And those are individuals who have not actually put forward their own strategy for keeping the country safe," he said.

"Using the term 'radical Islamic extremism' is not a counter-terrorism strategy, it is a political talking point. Plain and simple. And what the president of the United States has done is to put forward a comprehensive strategy to squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to inhibit their ability to recruit individuals around the world."

"The president has implemented a strategy that has increased the pressure on ISIL and has made the country safer. He has not relied on a political talking point as a substitute for a counterterrorism strategy. Republicans in the Senate who like to talk have that luxury... The president does not have that luxury," he said. "The president is focused on a strategy, you have Republicans in the Senate who are focused on a talking point."

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