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CNN’s Tapper to Jay Carney: ‘Be Frank,’ You Don’t Work for Obama Anymore

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Though White House spokesman-turned CNN talking head Jay Carney said in a recent interview that he remains “loyal” to President Barack Obama, that didn’t stop Jake Tapper from urging his new colleague to be as “frank” as possible. During a segment on Tapper’s The Lead Wednesday, Carney and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol debated the Obama administration’s strategy to battle the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. While the administration has maintained, sometimes through mixed messaging, that the U.S. will not be committing ground troops to the fight, Carney admitted that “obviously there will be American military personnel with their boots on the ground.” Another issue the administration has so far struggled with is building a coalition of Middle Eastern allies to join in the U.S.’s effort to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. “What is the difficulty in getting Arab allies to kick in with military assistance?” Tapper asked Carney, adding, “Jay, you don’t work for the White House anymore, you can be frank. What is the problem?” Carney answered by saying the Middle East is “complicated.” Which, to be fair, it really is.