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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) talked about issues including the fiscal year 2017 defense budget and whether the U.S. military was being weakened by budget cuts. Other topics included challenges in combating ISIL,* U.S. strike against ISIL in Libya, and China’s actions in the South China Sea. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.
*The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.