Obama Administration Says They ‘Should Have Sent Someone With a Higher Profile’ to Paris

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during an event to honor the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the East Room at the White House, January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during an event to honor the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the East Room at the White House, January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

The Obama administration “should have sent someone with a higher profile” to Sunday’s massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

That omission, however, in no way diminishes the support and help the United States has given France since the terrorist attacks of a week ago, Earnest said.

“There is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand foursquare behind our allies in France as they face down this threat,” he said.

More than 3.7 million people — including 40 world leaders — participated in Sunday’s rally to express solidarity in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in France.

It was a “remarkable display of unity by the French people,” Earnest said, but no top-tier U.S. official was there.

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SOURCE: USA Today
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