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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke with Greta van Susteren tonight about the necessity for President Obama to outline a more robust foreign policy strategy during his State of the Union Address:

Excerpts from the interview are below, or watch online here.

On how the President must offer a strategy to defeat ISIS tonight:

“I want to hear a plan to defeat ISIS. Think about it for a moment: from Paris to San Bernardino to Philadelphia to this morning in Istanbul. This is a serious threat. This world is not safe, and I don’t want to hear a campaign speech. I want to hear a plan to defeat ISIS….Listen, this president wants to just leave this problem for the next president instead of solving it…. I don’t know what he is thinking. But when you talk to world leaders around, they question what we are doing.”

On the House’s quick action to respond to North Korean and Iranian aggression:

The good part is the House isn’t sitting and waiting. Just today, we passed new sanctions on North Korea. Tomorrow we’ll pass new sanctions on Iran. You know, the Treasury Department said they were going to pass new sanctions on Iran because they broke with the United Nations’ agreement in their testing of missiles. And 42 minutes later, this Administration pulled it back.”

On how our President needs to start taking foreign threats seriously:

But this president is tone deaf. Can’t he see what’s going on around the world? Can’t he see the feelings that [are] happening in America? It’s a lot of his actions that is causing this to grow. ISIS is not a jayvee team. This is serious. They are in 20 different countries. And we need to take them seriously and have a strategy to defeat them.”