- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2014

A leading Republican in Congress on Sunday blasted President Obama for going on a two-week vacation on the heels of North Korea’s cyberattack against the U.S.

Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the president should have shown stronger leadership in the wake of the attack, which led to the cancelation of Sony Pictures’ planned Dec. 25 release of the movie “The Interview” amid terrorist threats.

The Obama administration has concluded the cyberattack on Sony and subsequent threats are the work of North Korea.

“This was a nation-state attack on the United States, and saying aloha and getting on an airplane and going to Hawaii is not the answer that really the world needs, let alone America,” Mr. Rogers said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

“They were willing to threaten acts of violence against U.S. citizens in the United States. That is a huge and significant problem,” he added.

The president has vowed a proportionate response against North Korea and also has criticized Sony for scrapping the movie’s release after receiving threats.

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