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State Dept. Spox Clarifies Obama’s Comment About No ‘Complete Strategy’ on ISIS

President Obama held a press conference this morning at the G7 conference in Germany, and talked about the U.S. strategy against ISIS. Obama talked about training Iraq forces to combat the terrorist group and said, “We don’t yet have a complete strategy, because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis.”

Well, he’s been getting a lot of blowback for those comments all day. Lindsey Graham called them “Commander-in-Chief malpractice,” and John Boehner responded with an emoticon:

State Department spokesman John Kirby was on CNN earlier tonight, speaking with Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer brought up the remark and asked, “What’s taking so long?”

This was Kirby’s response:

“What the president was referring to was that the training and equipment strategy that we have been executing isn’t complete yet because there still have to be commitments from the Iraqi side. You need trainees, you need more trainees, and we’re working with them on that.”

But he pointed out the U.S. has already been training and equipped plenty of Iraqi forces already.

Watch Obama’s comments, followed by Kirby’s, here, via CNN:

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