Fiorina: Obama took a ‘victory lap’ on ISIS before Paris attacks
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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Saturday lambasted President Obama for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was “contained” hours before a terror attack massacred Paris.
Fiorina said she was “angry that just yesterday morning, hours before the Paris attacks began and against all the evidence, President Obama declared ISIS ‘contained’ and took a victory lap.”
She also censured the president for downplaying ISIS’ dangerousness last year.
“They are not a JV team, Mr. President,” Fiorina said at the 2015 Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla. “They are not contained. They are at our shores and their measure of victory is the body count.”
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO said she was “disappointed” in the president for not specifically mentioning radical Islam in his statement after the attacks.
She compared him unfavorably to French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
“I am profoundly disappointed that our own president cannot bring himself to speak with the same clarity of purpose as do President Hollande and Prime Minister Cameron,” Fiorina said.
ISIS on Saturday took responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, killing at least 129 civilians and injuring hundreds.
Obama said he would do “whatever it takes” to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.