Obama: ‘I Think Appropriate Actions Will Be Taken’ in ATF’s Botched Gun-Tracking Project
Only one reporter, the Washington correspondent for a Chilean newspaper, asked President Obama about Operation Fast and Furious at his news conference on Wednesday.
Members of Congress and the government of Mexico “are still waiting for answers” about the ATF’s botched effort to track guns sold in the U.S. to drug cartels in Mexico, said Antonieta Cádiz, who was the eighth reporter to ask the president a question.
“Are you planning to replace ATF leadership? And when can we expect the results of the current investigation?,” she asked. Cadiz also asked the president a question about immigration.
Obama’s response: “On the second question, as you know, my attorney general has made clear that he certainly would not have ordered gun running to be able to pass through into Mexico. The investigation is still pending. I’m not going to comment on a current investigation. I’ve made very clear my views that that would not be an appropriate step by the ATF, and we got to find out how that happened. As soon as the investigation is completed, I think appropriate actions will be taken.”