Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteBottom Line How Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle THE MEMO: Trump set to notch needed win with Gorsuch MORE (R-N.H.) called on President Obama to develop a strategy to address the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The growing threat of ISIS to our homeland demands a serious strategy now to prevent another Afghanistan, where terrorists had a safe haven to launch attacks against our country,” Ayotte said.
The Obama administration increased targeted airstrikes over the weekend in an effort to weaken the Islamic militants. But Ayotte said Obama needed to step up the effort because the terrorist group is seeking to expand into other regions.
“As ISIS — a well-armed, funded, and organized force — seeks to develop terrorist cells outside of the Middle East, it is also expanding and solidifying its control of an enormous safe haven in the heart of the Middle East that can be used to train terrorists and launch attacks against our homeland and our allies,” Ayotte said. “Yet, this administration's approach in Iraq dangerously fails to acknowledge this reality.”