Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric dangerous: Barack Obama


WASHINGTON: The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

12:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama says anti-Muslim rhetoric from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “not the America we want.”

Obama is arguing that treating Muslim-Americans differently won’t make the U.S. safer. He says it will make the country less safe by fueling the notion among followers of the Islamic State group that the West hates Muslims.

Obama lashed out a day after presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump doubled down on his proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

Obama says the U.S. was founded on freedom of religion and that there are no religious tests in America.

He says such talk makes Muslim-Americans feel like their government is betraying them.

Obama commented after meeting with his national security advisers on the threat posed by IS. He also was briefed on the investigation into the Orlando nightclub shooting.


12:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of being “on the side of the terrorists” _ an accusation she called “shameful.”

In a speech to union members in PittsburghBSE 0.90 % Tuesday, Clinton said that comments by Trump following the Orlando massacre “is way beyond anything that should be said by anyone running for president of the United States.”

Trump has received widespread criticism for comments he made to Fox News Monday, saying: “People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words `radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on.”

Clinton said Republicans should seriously consider whether they will stand by the presumptive nominee or by the (Democratic) president _ something she acknowledged would be a difficult choice.

Clinton also went after Trump for his criticism of Clinton and Obama for refusing to identify these attacks as “radical Islamic extremism.”

Clinton asked: “Is Donald Trump suggesting that there are magic words that once uttered will stop terrorists from coming after us?”


12:00 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee says its computer network was breached by Russian government hackers who gained access to opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the incident “serious” and says the committee moved quickly to “kick out the intruders and secure our network. The chairwoman says the DNC reached out to the cyber firm CrowdStrike to help with the hack.

The DNC says financial and personal information does not appear to have been accessed by the hackers.

The Washington Post first reported the incident.


10:30 a.m.

Speaker Paul Ryan says a ban on Muslims entering the United States _ as presidential nominee Donald Trump proposes _ is not in the nation’s interest.

Ryan told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that there should be a security test, not a religious test. He said the issue is “radical Islam,” not the Islamic faith.

He made the comments after the deadly shooting in Orlando on Sunday that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured.

Ryan had previously rejected Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims.


9:30 a.m.

Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans on July 7.

That’s the word from a senior Republican aide. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, head of the GOP conference, announced the meeting with the presumptive presidential nominee at the closed-door House GOP caucus Tuesday morning.

Trump had met with senior House and Senate Republican leaders several weeks ago.

The aide spoken on condition of anonymity to freely discuss the schedule.


8:30 a.m.

The White House Correspondents’ Association says it stands with the Washington Post and other news organizations after Donald Trump announced that he would revoking the newspaper’s press credentials.

In a statement Tuesday, WHCA said candidates running for the presidency “must respect the role of a free and adversarial press,” and warned that failure to do so “just because he or she does not like the tone or content of their coverage” risked violating the First Amendment.

Trump said Monday that he is revoking the newspaper’s credentials based on a headline posted Monday that he says read, “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.”

Post editor Martin Baron said Monday that Trump’s decision “is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press.”


3:00 a.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have outlined dramatically different proposals for fighting terrorism and gun violence following the deadly Orlando nightclub attacks.

The presumptive Republican nominee is vowing to suspend immigration from countries with a history of terrorism and the Democratic candidate warns against demonizing Muslims.

The candidates’ back-to-back speeches Monday underscored the clear choice Americans face in the November election. Clinton’s vision builds on President Barack Obama’s campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and expands on his gun control executive orders, while Trump is calling for a drastically different national security posture.

The cornerstone of Trump’s anti-terror plan is sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration rules, despite the fact that the Orlando shooter was born in the U.S.