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Today both President Obama of the United States and President Hollande of France meet to discuss how to deal with ISIS and a variety of other issues ranging from intel gathering to the Russian jet that was shot down by Turkey earlier today. I will try and describe the heart of some of the points they touched on.
Obama stressed the USA's resolve to fight ISIS and described France as our oldest known ally. Hollande also wished to give his thanks, and said Obama was the first world leader to call him on the night of the Paris attacks, and that he was also very grateful for the outcry of support from the American people for France during these times for them. Both sides also briefly reminisced over the brotherhood shown after 9/11.
They then went further into the conference, stating the both France and the United States will now work to share intel on a much higher level than before, and will also push for airlines to pass passenger manifests around to compare so governments can more easily look out for terrorists. Europe will also now work to increase intelligence sharing between the U.S. and their European allies.
President Obama stressed, that he does care for the concern of the American people and understands our 'reluctance' to accept Syrian refugees. His counter for this is that we cannot give in to fear, and allow it to keep us from living up to our ideals of freedom and good will. President Hollande also admired this sentiment.
President Obama and Hollande and were also both asked about the Russian jet shot down over Turkey earlier today. President Obama said he would not comment further on it till more intel came in, but he did say if anything this proves that Putin should join the Western Coalition in their strategy and focus on destroying ISIS, instead of Putin trying to keep Assad in power and bombing moderate rebels near the Turkish border. Hollande backed this with stating that he preferred we focus our combined forces against ISIS exclusively.