U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told a Senate committee, ''we need partners on the ground to beat ISIS.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday (February 4) vowed to understand and resolve reported delays in U.S. arms sales to Jordan, which has said it plans to intensify its efforts in fighting Islamic State extremists. Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee it was important for Jordan to be able to acquire the weapons it needed, and he would work to address concerns raised by King Abdullah during a visit to the United States. "We need partners on the ground to beat ISIS," Carter told the committee during a hearing on his nomination. Committee Chairman Senator John McCain said some committee members would send a letter to the Obama administration on Wednesday underscoring the need to ensure Jordan had the weapons it needed to fight Islamic State militants. "Members of this committee met with (Jordanian) King Abdullah yesterday. He made a graphic statement about needing some weapons and the difficulties he's having with those, and we will be signing a letter this morning," McCain said. He said the committee would also consider proposing legislation if needed to achieve the goals outlined by the king during his meeting with committee members.