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Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on October 2, 2015, in Washington, DC.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on October 2, 2015, in Washington, DC.
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President Barack Obama says there's currently no specific, credible intelligence that would indicate a potential terrorist plot in the U.S. during the holidays.

Obama says his administration is taking "every possible step" to keep the country safe. He says that if there were to be a credible threat, the public will be informed.

"As we go into Thanksgiving, we are taking every possible step to keep America safe," Obama said.

The president says it's understandable that the public is worried that attacks like the ones in Paris this month could happen in the United States. But he's encouraging people to go about their normal activities around Thanksgiving.

Obama spoke from the White House on Wednesday shortly after meeting with his national security team.

He reaffirmed his commitment to eradicating the Islamic State and the mentioned that the United States has partnered with 65 countries in its attempts to choke off supplies and funding to the organization: "We are stepping up the pressure on ISIL and we will not let up, adjusting our tactics when necessary until they are beaten."

Today's briefing comes on the heels of Obama's meeting yesterday with French president Francois Hollande, in which he pledged solidarity with France.

This story has been updated.