During a press briefing from Martha’s Vineyard Friday afternoon, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes confirmed that the Obama administration considers the beheading of American journalist James Foley to be ISIS’ first “terrorist attack” against the United States.
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker asked Rhodes to respond to comments made by former deputy director of the CIA Mike Morell, who said earlier this week, “We should mark the date down, because this is ISIS’ first terrorist attack against the United States.” She asked, “Do you agree with that?”
“Absolutely,” Rhodes answered. “When you see somebody killed in such a horrific way, that represents a terrorist attack. That represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen.”
After explaining that the increased from ISIS on American personnel in the region is part of what prompted President Barack Obama to take military action against them this month, Rhodes added, “Clearly the brutal execution of Jim Foley represented an affront, an attack not just on him, but he’s an American. And we see that as an attack on our country when one of our own is killed like that.”
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