Obama Speech Shows Lack of Confidence in Hillary Clinton — CNN's Tapper

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15 June, 2016

Obama called the focus on his choice of words a "political distraction". We are seeing how unsafe this kind of mind set and thinking can be. So someone seriously thinks that we don't know who we are fighting?

"He is the Republican nominee for president", she said, nearly incredulously. "First, he is fixated on the words 'radical Islam.' I must say, I find this odd". What exactly would it change?

President Barack Obama asked the question during a speech from Washington, D.C. on Thursday that was billed as an update on the fight against ISIS but turned into a speech about the future of the United States. Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring more allies for military strategy than it is served by this?

President Barack Obama responded to critics of his strategy against violent extremism at home and overseas on Tuesday, warning "sloppy" and "dangerous" rhetoric that stigmatizes Islam serves to fuel radicalization in Muslim communities.

And he rejects Trump's notion that calling them a certain name has any impact.

He also defended the government's efforts to detect extremists who may be plotting attacks like the one in Orlando and disrupt them.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has shied away from saying "radical Islamic terrorism" to describe various acts of terror both domestic and overseas, asserting that to do so would be scapegoating Muslims and undermining the country's core values. Mr. Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the US was supported by 42 per cent of all Americans, according to a Reuters poll in the first week of June.

Obama targeted the fact that Trump and his Republican Party have no anti-terror policies.

Without mentioning the reality star by name, Obama honed in on Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the USA, warning of "sloppiness about who, exactly, we are fighting". Obama protested, pointing out that recent domestic terror attacks have been carried about by USA citizens.

In a speech on Monday, Trump said he would suspend immigration from countries with a "proven history of terrorism" against the United States, Europe and allied countries "until we fully understand how to end these threats". "Are we going to start subjecting them to surveillance, discriminating against them for their faith?" "Are we going to start discriminate them, due to their faith?" "We can't afford to be politically correct anymore", Trump said Sunday. And Mr. Obama then wondered, "Do Republican officials actually agree with this?"

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"That's the America we love", Clinton said. It's doesn't reflect our democratic ideals. As he continued, President Obama insisted that if we do radicalize other religions and cultures, more tragedies like the Orlando nightclub massacre could result.

Obama is scheduled to travel to Orlando on Thursday to visit with surviving victims of the attack, which left 50 people dead and dozens of others injured. Mateen, who was born in the USA, pledged loyalty to ISIS. "They know that he was bad", Trump said. Workers are working really hard to protect the American people. "So there's no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.' It's a political talking point".

This level of involvement by second-term presidents in a campaign is unprecedented, and Obama's attack reflected the stakes he sees in keeping Trump out of the White House.

His remarks are likely to rile up Republicans, who have said Obama's failure to recognize the threat has led to policies that aren't containing it.

At a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton called out trump's views on gun control.

"I have to ask, will responsible Republican leaders stand up to their presumptive nominee or will they stand by his accusation about our President?"

"So maybe we shouldn't be surprised", Clinton said. "But history will remember what we do in this moment". "What Donald Trump is saying is shameful".

Trump's alienation of countless Muslims who are not terrorists undermines the ability to form important partnerships to help take down terror networks that seek to harm Americans, Graham said. "The answer is none of the above", Obama said.

"It only gives the terrorists what they want, which is legitimacy, undermining relations with Muslims fighting terrorism at home and overseas".


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