President Barack Obama has launched his most scathing attack on Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, blasting his ‘Muslim ban’ and saying he is going against American values with his comments and propositions.
Obama said that ideas such as the Muslim ban on Immigrants were “doing the terrorists’ work for them,”
Obama’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 “firing on all cylinders” and that the “noose is tightening” around the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, before launching into a lengthy condemnation of Republican rhetoric about “radical Islam.”
“Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently” than other citizens, Obama asked. “Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?”
‘If the U.S. goes down down that path “we would have betrayed the very things we’re trying to protect,” the president said. “And 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 “criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase ‘radical Islam.’”
“What exactly would using this label accomplish?” he asked. “Would 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,” he said, is “none of the above.”
“This is a political distraction,” he said. “Someone seriously thinks that we don’t know who we’re fighting? That would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we’ve taken off the battlefield.”
Trump in his usual fashion, replied to Obama’s comments saying Obama was more angry with him than the Orlando shooter, drawing cheers from the crowd.
“He was more angry at me than he was at the shooter,” Trump said. “We’re led by the stupid people,” Trump said at one point. “We’re not going to be fools anymore.”
Source: CNN / New York Times.