President Barack Obama and his team reviewed the level of terrorist threat to his country and the security measures necessary to protect Americans inside and outside its borders, following the attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France.
Obama also visited the French Embassy in Washington, where he held a moment of silence and signed a book of condolences for the victims of the attack on Wednesday against the weekly, which left twelve dead and eleven wounded.
Earlier, Obama held a telephone conference with his national security team on the plane that brought him to Washington from Phoenix, where he gave a speech on the economy, told reporters the White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
In the call, Obama “received an update on the investigation” underway in France on the attack, for which the French authorities are searching for two suspects.
In addition, the president made “a review of information on terrorist threats” to the United States, “something the president regularly does,” said Earnest.
“I want to emphasize that the Department of Homeland Security has said there is no indication of any specific threat related to yesterday’s attack” in Paris, said the spokesman.
Finally, Obama spoke with his team on “security posture that is in place to protect Americans at home and around the world,” said Earnest.
“When you see terrible incidents like this in other countries, we want to ensure we are doing all we can in the military and diplomatic facilities around the world to protect Americans,” he said.
In the call senior officials of the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security, among other agencies participated.
The US government has offered assistance to France in investigating what happened and Earnest said that there have been several discussions between French and American officials on the matter, but declined to say whether the United States has already provided assistance in the investigation.
In his message published in the book of condolences from the French Embassy, Obama wrote that America “is held together with our French brothers to ensure that justice is done and our way of life is preserved.”
“We moved together knowing that terror cannot be compared with the freedom and ideals we defend ideals that illuminate the world. Vive la France!” Concludes the message of Obama, according to the White House.