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Reporter Asks WH Press Secretary What ‘Victory’ Over Islamic State Looks Like — His Response Is Not Sitting Well With Some


"What does 'destroy' mean?"

White House press secretary Josh Earnest pauses while speaking about the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Earnest also spoke about reports that a video on the internet that purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

When a reporter asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest what “victory” over the Islamic State would look like and what “destroy” really means, he replied with a joke.

“I didn’t bring my Webster’s dictionary,” he said.

The response didn’t sit well with many people, given the seriousness of the threat posed by Islamic State terrorists across the globe. Watch the rest of his response below:

Twitchy provides some of reactions from Twitter:

Secretary of State John Kerry downplayed the idea that the U.S. is at “war” with the Islamic State, instead insisting that the United States is “engaging in a significant counter-terrorism operation.

“I don’t think people need to get into a war fever on this,” he said.

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