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Republicans Seize On Obama's "No Strategy" To Combat ISIS Comments

The White House has been frantically trying to change the message since Thursday's press conference.

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Republican members of Congress have seizing on comments from President Obama that "we don't have a strategy yet" to combat ISIS militants and possibly strike them in Syria.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we're at than what we currently are," President Obama said in response to a question about consulting with Congress about military action.

In a first sign that Congressional Republicans want to make the moment of candor a representation of Obama's foreign policy, many members of Congress have been tweeting about the remarks.

The White House attempted to quickly clean up the comment on both Thursday and Friday, frantically emailing reporters, tweeting, and making television appearances to combat what many are perceiving a serious gaffe.

The president added Thursday he would make he consulted with Congress when he had a clear strategy; reports have said the Obama administration is considering strikes on ISIS in Syria.

"And I think that's not just my assessment but the assessment of our military as well," Obama said. "We need to make sure we have clear plans, so that we are developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure their voices are heard. But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done."

My first read of the day, from @weeklystandard - "We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet" http://t.co/mbKNIUvmSb

Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS@RepGosar

My first read of the day, from @weeklystandard -
"We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet"
http://t.co/mbKNIUvmSb

11:21 AM - 29 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pres. Obama's recent "we don't have a strategy" statement is more evidence of the dangerous lack of leadership he has displayed.

Rep. Renee Ellmers@RepReneeEllmers

Pres. Obama's recent "we don't have a strategy" statement is more evidence of the dangerous lack of leadership he has displayed.

11:09 AM - 29 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

POTUS on Syria: "We don't have a strategy yet". Give him points for honesty, but hardly a confidence builder among our allies.

Jeff Flake@JeffFlake

POTUS on Syria: "We don't have a strategy yet". Give him points for honesty, but hardly a confidence builder among our allies.

7:53 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

WH can try to walk it back if they want, but it's clear President Obama doesn't have a strategy for dealing w/ ISIS threat. We need one.

Rep. Martha Roby @RepMarthaRoby

WH can try to walk it back if they want, but it's clear President Obama doesn't have a strategy for dealing w/ ISIS threat. We need one.

5:29 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not having a strategy perfectly sums up the foreign policy approach of President Obama's entire presidency.

Michele Bachmann@MicheleBachmann

Not having a strategy perfectly sums up the foreign policy approach of President Obama's entire presidency.

5:00 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

FDR: "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal" JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you" Obama: "We don't have a strategy"

Rep. Steve Stockman@SteveWorks4You

FDR: "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal"

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you"

Obama: "We don't have a strategy"

4:58 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Obama confesses: We don't have a strategy yet; for dealing with Islamic State http://t.co/izjj9021MR

Louie Gohmert@replouiegohmert

#Obama confesses: We don't have a strategy yet; for dealing with Islamic State http://t.co/izjj9021MR

4:56 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

President says "we don’t have a strategy yet" to deal with #ISIS. That's obvious and increasingly unacceptable.

Tom Price@RepTomPrice

President says "we don’t have a strategy yet" to deal with #ISIS. That's obvious and increasingly unacceptable.

4:53 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In a presser, Pres. Obama said he, "doesn't have a strategy yet" to deal with #ISIS. I'd invite him to talk to Congress. Many ideas here.

Mark Meadows@RepMarkMeadows

In a presser, Pres. Obama said he, "doesn't have a strategy yet" to deal with #ISIS. I'd invite him to talk to Congress. Many ideas here.

4:33 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“We don’t have a strategy yet” -President Obama, 8/28/14. #ISIS is largest, richest terrorist group in history & 192,000 dead in #Syria

John McCain@SenJohnMcCain

“We don’t have a strategy yet” -President Obama, 8/28/14. #ISIS is largest, richest terrorist group in history & 192,000 dead in #Syria

4:48 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RT @KirkBrown_AIM: @SenatorTimScott and @TGowdySC call on @BarackObama to "clarify and communicate" his strategy for dealing with ISIS.

Tim Scott@SenatorTimScott

RT @KirkBrown_AIM: @SenatorTimScott and @TGowdySC call on @BarackObama to "clarify and communicate" his strategy for dealing with ISIS.

4:47 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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