President Donald Trump’s senior staff are making plans to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Axios has learned.
A senior administration official said Friday that the administration is “actively working with the State Department, FBI and the intelligence community to develop a new strategy for countering ISIL” and that it is “working with the military to develop ways to defeat the group.”
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, added that Trump has directed his team to “develop and develop new ways to fight ISIL, and that will include all available intelligence to identify the most effective ways to combat this group.”
“We’re not going to be able to defeat ISIL alone,” the official said.
“We have to have all available resources in the fight.”
The White House has not commented on the intelligence briefings on the new strategy, but the White House official confirmed that the White Houses “most senior team are working to develop and develop a strategy” to defeat ISIS.
Trump’s aides also have begun to address the threat posed by the group in their weekly White House briefing, a White House aide told Axios.
The White Houses top counterterrorism adviser, Michael Anton, was also asked to provide updates on the strategy, and Anton responded with a terse email to Axios: “I’m not available at this time.
We will have more information as soon as we have it.”
Anton is currently on a trip to Afghanistan.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.