House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday said President Obama “is taking the right step” by sending a search team to Nigeria to help find and rescue nearly 300 girls kidnapped by a radical Islamist group.
The White House announced earlier in the week that Obama had dispatched military and law enforcement personnel to Nigeria following the abduction by Boko Haram, an extremist group that opposes providing Western education to women. The group has threatened to sell the children into slavery.
The kidnapped has prompted international outrage, and lawmakers in Congress have called for a stronger U.S. response against Boko Haram.
— Justin Sink and Peter Sullivan contributed.