President Barack Obama has launched his most scathing attack on Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, blasting his â€˜Muslim banâ€™ and saying he is going against American values with his comments and propositions.
Obama said that ideas such as the Muslim ban on ImmigrantsÂ were â€œdoing the terroristsâ€™ work for them,â€
Obamaâ€™s comments on Tuesday came after a meeting with the Treasury Department with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and other national security advisors that focused on efforts to cut off the finances of ISIS. He also said that the campaign against Islamic State is â€œfiring on all cylindersâ€ and that the â€œnoose is tighteningâ€ around the groupâ€™s territory in Iraq and Syria, before launching into a lengthy condemnation of Republican rhetoric about â€œradical Islam.â€
â€œAre we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differentlyâ€ than other citizens, Obama asked. â€œAre we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?â€
â€˜If the U.S. goes down down that path â€œwe would have betrayed the very things weâ€™re trying to protect,â€ the president said. â€œAnd then the terrorist would have won, and we cannot let that happen. I will not let that happen. The main contribution of some Republicans has been to â€œcriticize this administration and me for not using the phrase â€˜radical Islam.â€™â€
â€œWhat exactly would using this label accomplish?â€ he asked. â€œWould it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there are military strategy that is served by this? The answer,â€ he said, is â€œnone of the above.â€
â€œThis is a political distraction,â€ he said. â€œSomeone seriously thinks that we donâ€™t know who weâ€™re fighting? That would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who weâ€™ve taken off the battlefield.â€
Trump in his usual fashion, replied to Obamaâ€™s comments saying Obama was more angry with him than the Orlando shooter, drawing cheers from the crowd.
â€œHe was more angry at me than he was at the shooter,â€ Trump said. â€œWeâ€™re led by the stupid people,â€ Trump said at one point. â€œWeâ€™re not going to be fools anymore.â€
Source: CNN / New York Times.