Barack Obama doesn't have a strategy for dealing with ISIS, the radical Islamist group that has captured large areas of Iraq, ABC News said Thursday. Nevertheless, the Associated Press said Friday, Obama will attend three fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York, returning to Washington late Friday.
On Saturday, the president is set to return to New York where he will attend the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner, the AP added. Originally, the president had planned to spend Friday night in New York.
News of Obama's schedule sparked a great deal of criticism. The NRCC, for example, called Obama "detached" and said Obama's fundraising activities "shouldn’t be regaining anyone’s confidence."
"Don’t worry, there’s just a few Americans waiting to have their heads cut off in the custody of this terror group,” Fox News' Megyn Kelly said. Kelly admitted her comments were "flippant," but called the situation "disturbing" in an interview with Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, who said Obama "looks tired" and "disengaged."
Making matters worse, the White House has said the United States is not at war with ISIS, even though the militant group has repeatedly said it is targeting the U.S. and plans to raise the Islamic flag in the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest made the comment Thursday after Obama revealed he had no strategy for dealing with ISIS and repeated it Friday while appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"I think what the president would say is it's very important that we take the necessary steps to mitigate the threat that ISIL poses to the United States of America," Earnest said. Joe Scarborough asked if Obama agrees with columnist Eugene Robinson, who said ISIS is at war with the U.S., even though the war is not declared.