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White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that despite Republican fears, those Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States to escape the Islamic State are to be thoroughly vetted for any terrorist affiliations.

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest talks to the media during the daily press briefing on July 6, 2015, in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. Earnest discussed President Barack Obama's podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest pauses while answering a question about trade legislation during the daily press briefing, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest answers a question on the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Earnest discussed the training of Iraqi security forces, and President Barack Obama's interactions with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G-7 Summit and the other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks about the Chinese hack of the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management, Friday, June 5, 2015, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Earnest discussed the passing of Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, the USA Freedom Act, Secretary of State John Kerry breaking leg in bicycle crash, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on May 26, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest the House's 20-week abortion ban is "disgraceful." President Obama has vowed to veto the measure.

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Earnest discussed the much-anticipated Senate vote on trade, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Earnest discussed the much-anticipated Senate vote on trade, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Earnest discussed the weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, Attorney General Loretta Lynch's trip to Baltimore, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Earnest answered many question about an American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Earnest answered questions about Iran, the Secret Service, Congress and other issues.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)