Monday’s cover of the New York Daily NewsÂ (pictured) criticized the White House for not sending U.S. President Barack Obama, or other senior American officials, to the unity rally against terrorismÂ in Paris on Sunday. Credit: New York Daily News.
(JNS.org) The White House on MondayÂ admitted that it made a mistake by not sending a higher-ranking officialÂ to Paris forÂ Sunday’s unity rally against terrorism.
More than 40 heads of state attended the rally and marched together through the streets of Paris in solidarity with France after last week’s three IslamistÂ terrorist attacks, which killed a combined 17 people. AmericaÂ was represented by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, rather thanÂ President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden,Â or Secretary of State John Kerry.
“It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reportersÂ Monday.
Earnest said the White House did not have enough time to address theÂ “significant security challenges” that would have accompanied Obama’s participation in the march.
In a statement, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called itÂ “a disgrace” that the U.S. was “essentially absent” fromÂ “the most important international protest in historyÂ against the frightening and expanding scourge of Islamic terrorism.”Â ZOA also notedÂ Obama’s record of refusing to use the term “Islamic terrorism” in favor ofÂ more general terms such as “violent extremism.”
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