Transcript for President Obama Takes on Donald Trump During Speech on ISIS
For a while now the main contribution of some my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against sisal. Is criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase radical Islam. That's the key they tell us. We can't be so must we call them radical islamists. What exactly. Would using this label. Accomplish. What do make it I Celeste committed to trying to. Kill Americans. Wouldn't bring in more allies is there a military strategy. That is served by this the answer is none of the above. Calling a threat. By different names. Does not make it go away. There's not been any moment in my seven that yours as president where we have not been able to pursue a strategy. Because. We did use the label radical. His long. Not once has an advisor Munson man if we relate. Use that phrase ramp turn this whole thing right now wants. So someone seriously point thanks rip. We don't know who were fighting. If there's anyone out there who thinks were confused. About who our enemies are. I would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we've taken off the battlefield. If the implication is that. Those of us up here and the thousands of people around the country and around the world war working. To defeat I saw aren't taking the fight seriously. That come as a surprise to those who spent these last seven and a half years dismantling. Al-Qaeda and the Fatah for example. I know full well who the enemy it's. Sort of intelligence and law enforcement officers who spent countless hours. Disrupting plots. And protecting all Americans. Including politicians who tweaked. And appear on cable news shows. So there's no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It's a political talking point. It's not a strategy. And the reason I am a careful about how I describe this throughout. Has nothing to do with political correctness. And everything to do would actually defeating extremism. We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States. To bar all Muslims from emigrating to America. Where does this stop. The Orlando killer. One of the San burned you know killers. The Fort Hood killer. They were all it US citizens. We're gonna start treating all Muslim Americans differently. We're gonna start subjecting them to special surveillance. We're gonna start discriminating against them because of their faith. Two Republican officials actually agree with us we've seen our government. Miss street. Our fellow citizens. And it has been a shameful part. Of our history.
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