House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDems brace for immigration battle 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Trump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote 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.