Boehner: Obama 'taking the right step' on Nigeria

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said President Obama “is taking the right step” by sending a search team to Nigeria to help find and rescue nearly 300 girls kidnapped by a radical Islamist group.

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“Well, clearly there’s danger whenever we send troops almost any place in the world,” Boehner said at a press conference when asked about the risks of Obama’s decision. “But I do think the president is taking the right step here to work with our allies to try to do everything we can to get these girls back to their families in a safe way.”

The White House announced earlier in the week that Obama had dispatched military and law enforcement personnel to Nigeria following the abduction by Boko Haram, an extremist group that opposes providing Western education to women. The group has threatened to sell the children into slavery.

The kidnapped has prompted international outrage, and lawmakers in Congress have called for a stronger U.S. response against Boko Haram.

— Justin Sink and Peter Sullivan contributed.