Republican Sen. Bob Corker recently attended a classified, private briefing on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and he left the room feeling confident the United States would be doing everything it could do to “annihilate” ISIS, and that President Donald Trump is “not playing around.”
Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there was the impression that “more energy was going toward wiping out the extremist group,” according to a recent report.
“There is just a lot more clarity, a lot more focus on annihilation,” Corker said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Anybody that listened to that hearing understands they’re all about killing every ISIS member they can get ahold of.”
“The Trump administration is not playing around and is focused on completely annihilating ISIS,” Corker tweeted. “I could not be more encouraged by the briefing.”
“There is a lot more clarity and a lot more focus on partnering with other countries to completely annihilate ISIS,” he continued. “There is a renewed energy and a renewed focus, and I think every senator present today knows this administration is not playing around.”
“Their approach is to kill members of ISIS and do everything they can to prevent them from escaping to other countries where they could inflict harm,” he added.
Other senators declined to comment on the briefing, the Washington Examiner reported.
The closed-door briefing for the senators was given by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.
While the officials provided an update on the progress made toward eliminating ISIS, they did not deliver any new strategy handed down by the Trump Administration, which has been highly anticipated.