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Sen. Richard Burr: Claims Of ISIS Containment Are A 'Joke'

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who also serves as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted President Obama’s statement that ISIS has been contained.

“We've got to stop talking about containment, and we've got to talk about elimination of the terrorist threat,” Burr said on Fox News Sunday Nov. 29.

The comments came after host Chris Wallace asked about the size of the terrorist group’s footprint. 

“Well, Chris, it's proven that ISIS is in 30 different countries, they control eight provinces of countries,” Burr replied.

“So, to talk about containment is really a joke," he added. "The reality is that ISIS may be geographically contained in Syria and Iraq, but their efforts around the world to project terrorism and to commit terrorism is as robust today as it's ever been."

The North Carolina senator admitted that there are currently no credible threats against the United States at home or abroad, though he said that assurance is not always a useful tactic. 

“For the past 12 months there have been more threads of threats both here at home and around the world than we've seen since 9/11,” he said, adding that he’d be happy to assemble “whatever coalition will eliminate ISIS.”

Burr has also voiced his support of suspending Obama's Syrian refugee program in the wake of the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, according to a Nov. 16 press release from his office.

"There is simply too much at stake and the security of the American people should be our top priority," Burr said in the press release.

Sources: Fox News, Richard Burr Press Release / Photo credit: Screenshot via CNS News, U.S. Senate/Wikipedia

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