White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Sunday blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for criticizing the president's foreign policy without saying what he would do differently.
Earnest was responding to comments that Boehner made Thursday after Saudi Arabia began launching airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The speaker said that the world wanted American leadership but that President Barack Obama is an "antiwar president" who has no overarching strategy to deal with terrorist threats.
"I will simply say that if John Boehner thinks that U.S. troops should be on the ground in Yemen fighting the Houthis, or that we should re-occupy Iraq, or that the United States should bomb Iran to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon, then he should have the courage of his convictions to actually say so," Earnest said on ABC's "This Week."
The White House has said that the United States is providing intelligence support to the Saudi campaign, and Earnest said Sunday that the U.S. could best protect itself by working with international partners.