Talk is good for nothing from him…..
The White House on Monday sought to go on offense against Republicans over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after coming under sharp criticism for its initial response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Obama administration said it plans to tighten the rules for entering the United States without visas, heeding warnings that an ISIS fighter could use the program to slip into the country undetected.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, meanwhile, challenged Congress to approve a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, something lawmakers have for months declined to do.
“For more than a year, Congress has been AWOL on their responsibility to pass an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would demonstrate to our allies and to our enemies that the U.S. is united in its efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” Earnest told reporters, using an alternative acronym for the terror group.
“This effort is serious and should be the focus of serious debate,” he added.
Earnest made the call to action from Paris, where President Obama juggled talks on an international climate change agreement with meetings about the threat from ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the terrorist assault on the French capital.
The proactive approach appeared to be a shift from before the Thanksgiving holiday, when the White House was largely in a defensive crouch as Republicans forged ahead with legislation to toughen the vetting standards for refugees from Iraq and Syria.