After the Islamic State released a graphic video of its terrorists burning a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage, Jordan executed two prisoners, including a would-be female Al Qaeda suicide bomber. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to say whether President Barack Obama supports Jordan’s retaliatory response.
“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 your support the executions?” Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Earnest said the White House erred in not sending higher level official to the anti-terror march in Paris. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
“It’s certainly possible for us to continue to support and stand with the people of Jordan at this very difficult time,” Earnest replied. “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.”
He added, “The United States stands with our friends in Jordan as they confront this awful, barbaric act. But as it relates to the decisions that are carried by the Jordanian justice system, I’d refer you to them. I just don’t have the working knowledge of the Jordanian justice system to render an opinion on this.”
Watch the exchange below: