The White House says debate over President Obama's description of Islamic extremists is "a political talking point."

"Using the term 'radical Islamic terrorism' is not a counterterrorism strategy. It's a political talking point, plain and simple," press secretary Josh Earnest told CNN on Tuesday morning.

"The president has built an international coalition of 65 nations to take the fight to ISIL. He has not relied on a political talking point as a counterterrorism strategy. Republicans in the Senate who like to talk have that luxury. When you're the president and you're responsible for keeping the country safe, you don't have that luxury," he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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