“He really missed an opportunity last night to spell out a clear and concise strategy for defeating ISIS, but he seemed to just push it away and dismiss it in a manner that I didn’t appreciate as a veteran.”
Jan 13 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today joined Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” to discuss her disappointment in the President’s failure to present a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS in last night’s State of the Union address. She also noted that we need to not just contain ISIS, but destroy them. See the full video and excerpts below.
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ERNST: “He really missed an opportunity last night to spell out a clear and concise strategy for defeating ISIS, but he seemed to just push it away and dismiss it in a manner that I didn’t appreciate as a veteran. I know a number of other folks didn’t. But again, we have to have a strategy coming from the White House, I’m willing to assist with that.”
ERNST: “What the President has proposed is very different from what we would like to see in Congress. We really want to make sure that we are getting to the heart of the problem and allowing our troops to do what they do best, and that is to go after these terrorists and absolutely destroy them. You know, I’ve said before, I don’t want to see them contained, I don’t want to see them degraded, I want to see them destroyed, and I want to see them destroyed no matter where they exist.”
ERNST: “…to first allow us to combat ISIS, there has to be an acknowledgment coming from the White House that we truly do have a problem and again last night he seemed to dismiss ISIS as not truly a threat to the United States, but I would argue that there is a valid threat out there and we need to do something about it. We do. I agree with the President that we do have the greatest military on the face of this planet but again, we have to be allowed to do our jobs as Congress, and that is work with the President on a solution. But he has to admit that it is a large problem.”