Ayotte: 'Wish Admin Would Be Half as Angry at Iran as They've Been at Israel'
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said this morning that the Obama administration needs to be clear about the threat posed by ISIS following conflicting statements to Congress.
On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that 2014 was the deadliest year ever in terms of global terrorism.
"When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled," Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
That remark came a day after Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that the daily atrocities committed by ISIS are not evidence of a growing threat to Americans.
"Despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally; less deaths, less violent deaths today, than through the last century," he said.
Ayotte said Clapper has been consistent through the years about the growing threats, accusing Kerry of trying to "spin a very bad situation around the world" and present an "alternate reality."
She also criticized the administration's stance toward Iran as the West moves closer to an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Ayotte said Iran is still undermining U.S. interests in the Middle East, like in Yemen, and is still developing ICBM programs.
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned, Ayotte said the proposed deals don't appear to be strong enough.
"I wish they would be half as angry at Iran as they've been at Israel," she concluded.
Watch the interview above.