In response to the Islamic State’s release of a gruesome video showing a Jordanian air force pilot being burned to death in a cage, Jordan executed two prisoners. During Wednesday’s briefing at the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest refused to say whether President Barack Obama supports Jordan’s retaliation. Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked Earnest:
I’m confused by your answer to Michelle’s question about the executions that happened overnight. When you said, ‘I don’t have a reaction to it’ — I mean, how can the president, yesterday, say, you know, ‘We’re here, we support Jordan, they are a key member of the coalition.’ They make this decision overnight and you can’t say whether or not you support the executions?
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Well Ed, it is certainly possible for us to continue to support and stand with the people of Jordan at this very difficult time. You know, clearly, their nation, in the same way that we all are, is shocked and appalled at this terrible act of violence that was captured on video by ISIL and released to the world.
The White House press secretary deflected Mr. Henry’s question:
And the United States stands with our friends in Jordan as they confront this awful, barbaric act. But as it relates to decisions that are carried out by the Jordanian justice system, I’d refer you to them. I just, I don’t have the working knowledge of the Jordanian justice system to render an opinion on this.
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Earnest went on to explain who the prisoners were:
All I know is that the individuals that we are discussing here, were individuals who were convicted of terrorism-related crimes. They were individuals who were sentenced to death and these were individuals who had been serving time on death row.
One might say that still does not answer Henry’s question whether President Obama supports Jordan’s actions or not.
h/t: The Blaze
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