Obama 'concerned' by State Department handling of classified info

President Obama said Saturday that he is "concerned" by the FBI assessment that the State Department has acted carelessly in handling classified information. 


"I am concerned," he told reporters at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, according to Reuters.

But he cast the problem as a government-wide struggle to keep up technology and the fast-paced flow of information. 

"The advent of email and texts and smartphones is just generating enormous amounts of data," Obama said, which is "putting enormous pressure on the department to sort through it, classify it properly."

In concluding the FBI's investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE's use of a private email server, Director James Comey found that "the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information that's found elsewhere in the U.S. government."

Obama said State's issue processing classified information "reflects a larger problem in government."

The State Department has refuted Comey's characterization; spokesman John Kirby said the department takes classification "very, very seriously."