After Tuesday’s National Security Briefing President Obama Asks: ‘Where Does this Stop?’


Time: 7:04 p.m. CEST

President Barack Obama sent strong message on Tuesday that the wording presumptive Republican candidate for president Donald Trump is using after the shooting in Orlando, which authorities called “an act of terror” sends wrong message about the essence of the American life.

Obama was outspoken after the national security briefing at the Treasury Department and in his statement he opposed to those who are labeling the recent developments, using the phrase ‘Radical Islam.’ As Obama stated in his statement, live streamed on the White House website, “There is no magic to the phrase, ‘radical Islam.’”

“It is political talking point, it is not a strategy and the reason I am careful to describe this threat has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defeating extremism,” Obama said. After the national security briefing, Obama explained, “Groups like ISIL and al-Qaida want to make this war between Islam and America, or between Islam and the West.”

Obama sharply criticized the yesterday’s talking points gave by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“We know have proposals from the presumptive Republican candidate for president of the United States to ban all Muslims to immigrating to America. We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complacent in violence, ” Obama stated.

The President recalled that cases in Orlando, San Bernardino, the Fort Hood include the U.S. citizens. “Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently. Are we are going start subjecting them to the special surveillance, are we are going to start discriminating them because their faith. We heard this suggestion during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials agree with this?  Because that is not America we want,” Obama said.

Obama pledged for changing the laws and helping the law-enforcement in fighting the homegrown extremists. For the President, the all tragedies are not preventable, but consistent with the Second Amendment, “There are common sense steps that could reduce gun violence.” Obama pledged that people who are not allowed on the plane, should not be able to buy a gun.

“Enough being tough on terrorism; Actually, be tough on terrorism. Not making easy as possible to buy assault weapons,” Obama appealed. He called for the reinstitution of the ban on buying assault weapons.

“Reinstate the assault-weapons ban, make it harder for terrorist to use those weapons to kill,” Obama said in a statement on Tuesday.

Orlando killer, as Obama addressed Omar Mateen who entered in a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday and killed innocent people inside the club, was not connected to a foreign terrorist group.

“We currently do not have any information to indicate that a foreign terrorist group did the attack in Orlando. It is increasingly clear however that the killer took in extremist information, propaganda over the internet. It appears to be an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized,” Obama explained after today’s briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Obama addressed that Mateen “appears to absorb” some of the militants propaganda over the internet, even though he pledged allegiance to some of the groups the U.S. is fighting.

“This lone actors, or small cell of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent,” Obama explained.

 

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