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Obama Says He's Been Clear: Don't Sugarcoat Terror Intelligence

  • New York Times report says Pentagon assessments made rosier
  • President says he's been given `clear-eyed' assessments
President Barack Obama holds a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22, 2015, following his participation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

President Barack Obama holds a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22, 2015, following his participation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Photographer: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The Department of Defense and all other national security agencies know there can be no “shading” of intelligence to sugarcoat the truth about how well, or how badly, the fight against Islamic State is going, President Barack Obama said.

Obama, at a press conference on Sunday at the end of the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, was asked about a New York Times article that said senior intelligence officials may have manipulated reports about Islamic State to make it appear things are looking up.