Obama on Dealing With ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet'
President Obama addressed the growing threat from ISIS during a press conference at the White House Thursday afternoon.
He credited American air strikes for the terror group losing arms and equipment.
“As commander in chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against developing threats to our homeland,” President Obama said, calling for a “broader comprehensive strategy” with regional partners and the Iraqi government.
He announced that he has directed military leaders to prepare a "range of options" for dealing with Islamic State militants. Secretary of State John Kerry will also travel to the region to build a "coalition" to confront the threat.
However, the president added that he doesn’t “have a strategy yet” in dealing with Syria's Assad and ISIS.
“We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard," he said.
When asked whether defeating ISIS could help Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad stay in power, President Obama responded, “I don't think this is a situation where we have to choose between Assad or the kinds of people who carry on the incredible violence that we've been seeing there. We will continue to support a moderate opposition inside of Syria in part because we have to give people inside of Syria a choice other than ISIL or Assad.”