Obama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next

Updated at: 09/17/2014 6:21 AM

(AP) TAMPA, Fla. - TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is consulting Wednesday with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.

The meeting in Tampa, Florida, comes just a day after Obama visited Atlanta to boost the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The two days Obama is spending outside Washington underscore the multiple challenges facing his administration. Both are national security threats that are costing lives and threatening regional stability.

After visiting U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Obama returns to Washington for a meeting Thursday with Ukraine's president amid tensions with Russia.

Obama is seeking to display resolve amid lingering questions about how quickly he has responded to crises and whether his deliberative approach has allowed military, diplomatic and public health hot spots to flare up.

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