Obama: “We stand by our friends in good times and bad”

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After welcoming French President Francois Hollande to the White House, U.S. President Obama says Islamic State “cannot be tolerated, it must be destroyed and we must do it together.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Obama: “We stand by our friends in good times and bad”


U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will stand by France and will work together against the threat of Islamic State militants.

Obama welcomed Hollande to the White House on Tuesday (November 24) in the shadow of the November 13 Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group that killed 130 people.

“We’ve never forgotten how the French people stood with us after 9/11 and today we stand with you,” Obama told Hollande during a news conference.

Within days of the attacks, the United States announced it would share more threat intelligence and operational military information with France, a step which helped France strike Syrian targets in the days after the violence in Paris.

French officials made no secret of their desire to see the United States contribute more in the fight against the Islamic State.

French officials made clear they are not talking about putting Western combat troops on the ground, though they said the possibility of deploying French special operations forces had been discussed.

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