Gardner Responds to President Obama’s Statements on National Security

Washington – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following President Obama’s remarks at the National Counterterrorism Center:

“Today, we heard more rhetoric from President Obama about his record on national security. The same President who called ISIS a 'jayvee team', who declared that ISIS was 'contained', and whose Administration just months ago was bragging about their 'strategic patience' in Syria is now seeking to reassure the American people that he has the situation under control. Coloradans and Americans are not buying it. 

“Administration policy on both terrorism and national security seems aimless. At a hearing today, I was told that the State Department has no plan in place to respond to Iranian ballistic missile tests, nor to inspect 25,000 pounds of nuclear material being transferred from Iran to Russia. Last week, I joined with a group of Senators to urge the President to more aggressively pursue the fight against ISIS. Why these plans are not already in place and being executed is a mystery.

“I’m glad the President visited the Pentagon last week and the National Counterterrorism Center this week. But we need more than lofty rhetoric, we need concrete action. The world is waiting.”