Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, reacted on “The Kelly File” tonight to the White House dismissing the fall of Ramadi as “minor setback.”

ISIS has gained control of Ramadi after Iraqi government forces abandoned the city.

An estimated 25,000 people fled from the key Iraqi city after ISIS fighters began their assault on the city center over the weekend, Fox News reported.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest answered several questions earlier today about the administration's reaction to the fall of Ramadi. 

"We have to sort of decide what our approach to these issues is going to be,” he stated. “Are we going to light our on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL? Or are we going to take very seriously our responsibility to evaluate those areas where we succeed, and evaluate where steps are necessary for us to change our strategy where we’ve sustained setbacks?”

Hegseth, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, told Megyn Kelly that the White House is being "incredibly dismissive." 

"Guess what, in other news, in Mosul, in Ramadi, in Fallujah, ISIS is literally lighting people on fire," Hegseth stated. "Every setback for the White House is a massacre. Every setback for the White House is a stain on someone like Mark Lee and what they gave in Ramadi. Every setback makes it that much more difficult to retake Ramadi."

He added that this situation "underscores how fundamentally disconnected" the White House is from the "nature of the enemy we face."

Hegseth said that the Obama administration doesn't have a strategy in the Middle East.

"They tell us what they want the American people to think and hear and it has a fundamental disconnect from what's happening on the ground," Hegseth stated. 

He remarked that the Obama administration is "backhanding" the families that lost loved ones who died fighting in the Iraq War.

Watch the video above. 


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