At Thursday's press briefing, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest if the White House believes ISIS has now established a caliphate in the Middle East.
"No, I don't believe that at all," Earnest responded.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Do you believe that ISIS has established something as a caliphate?
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: No, I don't believe that at all. What we actually see is we see that --
ACOSTA: They do control territory.
EARNEST: They do control some territory, less than they used to.