White House Responds To Rand Paul
Rand Paul’s filibuster finally earned a response from the White House on the use of drones on American soil:
President Barack Obama would not use a drone to kill an American on U.S. soil, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, responding to Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster a day earlier on the Senate floor.
“The president has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil,” Carney said at a press briefing.
Carney said Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul Thursday clarifying the administration’s stance on the issue, which generated considerable controversy on Twitter Wednesday as Paul’s filibuster unfolded.
“Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? …. The answer to that question is no,” Carney said, quoting Holder’s letter.
Here’s the letter:
Now, was that so hard?