President Obama said Wednesday no “specific and credible” terrorist threat to the United States has been detected by counter-terrorism officials and that American people should celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as usual.
“Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” Obama said during a brief noon press conference at the White House after meeting with his national security team, including FBI Director James B. Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “The threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, [but] we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm.”
Obama gave the assurances in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, which left 130 dead and scores of others injured. Extremists in the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have claimed responsibility for the attacks.