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In scathing remarks, Obama hits Trump head-on over radical Islam
by Jesse Byrnes
President Obama lashed out at Donald Trump on Tuesday, criticizing his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States and his attacks on the White House's handling of the war on terror.
Obama, who appeared visibly angry at times during his remarks, took on criticism from Trump and other Republicans that he has refused to use the phrase "radical Islam," calling it a "political distraction."
"What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?" Obama asked.
"Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?" he continued, using another name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction."
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