Video-- Bill Hemmer Grills WH Press Sec. Josh Earnest: Will Obama Say the Words "Islamic Extremism" Tonight?
Will President Obama say the words "Islamic extremism" tonight in his State of the Union address?
Bill Hemmer posed that question to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this morning on "America's Newsroom."
Earnest said the president will explain his strategy for keeping the country safe. Chief among those threats, Earnest said, are "extremists across the globe who in the name of Islam try to carry out acts of violence" against America and its allies.
"But not Islamic extremism," Hemmer countered. "The White House, this president, is not prepared to go there, correct?"
Earnest answered that the White House wants to be clear that "the world is not at war with Islam, the world is at war with individuals who in the name of Islam try to carry out acts of violence."
Video from this morning's interview on Fox