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"Fox and Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this morning on President Obama's response to the Paris terror attacks. 

Hasselbeck pointed out that Obama referred to the attacks as a "setback," asking whether the administration's language needs to change.

Earnest countered that people should look at the whole transcript of what the president said and focus more on the president's actions.

"The president's words matter. ... I will focus on my president's words, Josh," Hasselbeck responded, arguing that the word 'setback' seemed "cavalier" to many Americans. 

Earnest responded that Obama also used the word "sickening" to describe the attack, calling again on people to look at the president's actions. 

He emphasized that Obama immediately called the French president to offer America's full support, then convened a meeting of his national security team on the U.S. response. 

Earnest said in that meeting, the president focused on doing everything possible to protect the homeland, then had an "extended conversation" on what steps the U.S. could take militarily inside Syria. 

He said that the U.S. is supporting France as it steps up attacks on ISIS inside Syria.

Watch the full interview above.


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