1. Barack Obama: Anti-Muslim rhetoric from Donald Trump, ‘not the America we want

Barack Obama: Anti-Muslim rhetoric from Donald Trump, ‘not the America we want

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

By: | Washington | Published: June 14, 2016 10:49 PM
Barack Obama, Europe, US visit Earlier Monday, Barack Obama said the gunman was inspired by extremist information over the internet, calling it an apparent example of “homegrown extremism” that US officials have been worrying about for years. (Reuters)

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.

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