In the wake of widespread ISIS terror, most recently seen in Paris, France, with the death and injury of hundreds, President Obama came out swinging against Republicans, calling the political party a “potent recruitment tool” for the terrorist organization.
He was referring to the GOP’s growing call to refuse Syrian refugees into the United States out of concerns for safety of American citizens.
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event in Manila, Obama said “fear and panic” only exacerbates the refugee situation, Mediaite reported. For instance, those politicians who are now refusing to accept refugees in their states – including Texas, Alabama and Michigan, as WND previously reported – are acting on “hysteria or an exaggeration of risks,” and that’s poisoning the debate, he said. Obama also called it “offensive” that anyone would suggest only Christian refugees, not Muslims, should be admitted across America’s borders.
And then he said this, the news outlet reported: “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s coming out of here during the course of this debate.”
He poked fun of “tough” Republicans expressing concern or fear at young Syrian orphans. And on Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest traded barbs with “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck over just such rhetoric.
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On Monday, Obama referred to the Paris terror attacks as a “terrible and sickening setback” in the war on ISIS, while doubling down on his own personal strategy of diplomacy and assistance to Kurds, Iraqis and rebel Syrian fighters – the status quo. Hasselbeck wanted to know why the president downplayed the attacks as a “setback” and asked Earnest for an explanation of his choice of word.
“I’m letting you know our president’s words matter not just to me, not just to the American people, but to the people around the world,” she said to Earnest. “[Obama] called it a setback. Why? Just a setback.”
Earnest reminded Obama also called the attacks sickening.
“I encourage you to look at the president’s actions,” Earnest said, referring to how Obama quickly got “on the phone with the president of France” to offer assistance, and “convened a meeting with his national security team.”
Earnest also chided Hasselbeck about interrupting him several times, telling her that he would like opportunity to answer her question.