Donald Trump thinks he alone can miraculously solve the world’s problems with his mediocre business skills, but President Obama knows that is complete bullshit.
During an interview on Face The Nation with John Dickerson, President Obama tore apart the Republican nominee’s foreign policy plans and fear mongering.
Dickerson began by asking President Obama if the mass shooting in Munich, Germany means Trump is right about the world becoming a darker place to live.
President Obama rejected that and explained that while terrorism is “a real threat,” that doesn’t mean we surrender our values. For example, if we started subjecting immigrants to religious tests, that would be a big win for the terrorists.
It is going to be an ongoing threat for some time. But what we have been able to do, I think, is to build coalitions with other countries to make sure that, rather than have 180,000 troops overseas fighting a non-state actor, that we have got special forces and intelligence assets and local partners, and ISIL is being defeated in Syria and Iraq.
But we’re going to have circumstances in which small cells, individuals are going to be able to do some harm to innocent people. And we have got to do everything we can to prevent it.
One of the best ways of preventing it is making sure that we don’t divide our own country, that we don’t succumb to fear, that we don’t sacrifice our values, and that we send a very strong signal to the world and to every American citizen that we’re in this together.
President Obama also had a perfect response to Trump becoming the Republican nominee after spending so much time being the biggest birther around.
“Well, I think it says something about what’s happened to the Republican Party over the course of the last eight, 10, 15 years,” Obama said.
If you think about what a Bob Dole or a Jim Baker or a Howard Baker or a Dick Lugar or a Colin Powell stood for, now, they were conservative. They were concerned about limited government and balancing budgets and making sure we had a strong defense, but they also understood that our system of government requires compromise, that Democrats weren’t the enemy, that the way our government works requires us to listen to each other.
When asked if he believes the majority of Americans feel safe, President Obama pointed out that we are seeing these shootings and terrorist attacks at a time of social media and 24-hour news coverage, so it’s understandable that people might not feel safe when this stuff is covered around the clock. It feels like the world isn’t safe but President Obama assured that Americans should feel safe because crime is lower than it has been in 20 or 30 years and the mechanisms put in place after 9/11 are working to prevent terrorist attacks.
President Obama then once again made it clear why he doesn’t use the words “radical Islam,” as Trump demands. And his reason is very sound.
The reason that I haven’t used the particular phrase “radical Islam” on a regular basis is because, in talking to Muslim allies, in talking to the Muslim-American community here, that was being heard as if we were ascribing to crazy groups like ISIL or al Qaeda the mantle of Islam.
And since we need them as allies, I think it’s useful for us to listen to how the president of the United States’ words and messages are being received, because, if we’re going to defeat those organizations, we need help from the billion-plus Muslims in this world, so that they can help root out this perversion of Islam that’s taking place.
And finally, President Obama crushed Trump for threatening to remove the United States from NATO, which would weaken our national security and the security of Europe.
I think that anybody who has been paying attention knows there is a big difference between challenging our European allies to keep up their defense spending, particularly at a time when Russia has been more aggressive, and saying to them, you know what, we might not abide by the central tenet of the most important alliance in the history of the world, one that was built by Democrats and Republicans and has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since the end of World War II.
And for Mr. Trump, who has in the past suggested that America is weak and not looking out for its allies, to then maybe not have enough information or understanding, to go out and say that America might not stand by its solemn commitment to protect those same allies who stood with us after 9/11 when we were attacked, I think, is an indication of the lack of preparedness that he’s been displaying when it comes to foreign policy.
Here’s the full interview via YouTube.
In short, Donald Trump is the most dangerous threat to our national security because he would undermine it and make us truly unsafe.
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