WATCH: WH Press Secretary, 'We Should Have Sent Someone With a Higher Profile'

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during his press briefing, January 12th, 2015.Credit: Screen grab


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JIM KUHNHENN, ASSOCIATED PRESS: On the topic du jour, why didn't President Obama or Vice President Biden or Eric Holder attend the Paris solidarity march?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well, Jim, what I can tell you what was across the television screents, the people across this country and I think even across the globe was a remarkable display of unity by the French people in the face of these terrible terror attacks. In the way that that country has come together, I do think it struck a chord and inspired people all across the world, and throughout this country. It was a remarkable display. There were also a number of other world leaders who were there to participate and show there support as well.

Some have asked whether or not the United States should have sent someone with a higher profile than the ambassador to France. I think it is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there. With that said, there is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand foursquare behind our allies in France as they face down the stretch. And that was evident throughout last week when you saw the president's top counterterrorism advisor at the White House was in touch with her French counterpart minutes after reports of this terror attack first emerged.