Obama: No evidence of attacks during holiday
WASHINGTON — There is no specific and credible evidence that a Paris-style terrorist attack is being planned for the United States this holiday weekend, President Obama said Wednesday after meeting with national security aides.
"We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," Obama told reporters after the national security meeting, adding that U.S. officials are "working overtime" this Thanksgiving.
As officials bolster security at the nation's borders and airports, Obama urged Americans to go about their Thanksgiving activities as usual, but also to be "vigilant" about suspicious activity.
"If you see something, say something," Obama said. "That's always helpful."
The national security team briefed Obama "on our homeland security posture in the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris and as we enter the holiday season," the White House said in a statement.
After a similar meeting on Tuesday, the White House said that Obama "was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible threat to the homeland" from the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people.
Obama and aides have said that homeland security officials are stepping up their efforts in the wake of the Paris attacks. The Islamic State, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, has made more threats against the United States and its allies.
On Tuesday, Obama met with French President Francois Hollande to discuss a global strategy to counter the Islamic State.
While Republican presidential candidates and other critics say that Obama's strategy is inadequate, the president said he is intensifying the existing plan that stresses air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq, and the training of local forces to carry the fight on the ground. Obama has repeatedly said he would not deploy U.S. combat troops to the battle.
Citing that plan in his remarks Wednesday, Obama said that the United States and allies are striking Islamic State terrorists "where they live."
Obama's national security meeting included Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and FBI Director James Comey.
The president again expressed solidarity with the people of Paris, and said the United States would work to bring the killers to justice.
"For many of us," Obama said, "the events there have touched a deep chord."