President Obama has named a new senior advisor to focus solely on efforts to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced on Monday.
Robert Malley will advise Obama on anti-ISIS measures, using his previous experience as senior director at the National Security Council for the Middle East and Africa. His work will reportedly complement that of the State Department’s special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, CNN reports.
The administration will also seek to tighten the visa waiver program that allows citizens of certain countries to bypass the visa process in coming to the U.S. In the wake of terror attacks in Paris and elsewhere, Earnest asked Congress to pass new legislation on the program before December recess.