Obama slams Republicans over refugee stance

By Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta, CNN

MANILA – President Barack Obama sharply criticized Republicans Wednesday for suggesting that Syrian refugees coming to the United States posed a security threat, blasting some GOP suggestions as “offensive” and mocking what he said was a fear of “widows and orphans.”

“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” Obama said. “We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”

“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” he said later. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”

The President was speaking in the Philippine capital ahead of a summit focused on trade and climate issues. But like his previous stop in Turkey for the G20, his visit to Asia has largely been overshadowed by the fallout over the terror attacks in Paris.

In a defensive press conference Monday, Obama announced his decision to forgo a major shift in strategy in fighting ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the terror spree. And he went after politicians who have questioned the administration’s earlier decision to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria.

“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate,” he added.

The White House convened a conference call with governors earlier in the day explaining the vetting procedures for incoming immigrants. The White House said the call lasted 90 minutes and was led by Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough.

Through its social media feeds, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed back on suggestions the refugees could post a risk to the U.S., posting photos of Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as examples of refugees to the U.S, using the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome.

Of particular offense to Obama: suggestions that refugees entering the United States undergo a “religious test.” That appeared to be a response to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s suggestion that the U.S. focus on accepting Christian refugees.

“When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians, should be admitted, that’s offensive,” Obama said Wednesday.

Obama was speaking following a bilateral meeting with Benigno Aquino, the president of the Philippines.

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  • noz
    18 November 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    what a worthless POTUS scattering his bullcraps of concerns to syrian refugees, not even a bit concern with the safety of america / americans. talk about widows / orphans. what about those americans who became widows, widowers, orphans – loss of parents / children blown away by the radical muslim terrorists. the million dollar question is why is it obobo’s highest priority is to take good care of the syrian refugees, coming from a nation’s hotbeds for ISIS / ISIL, because obobo is a muslim himself, the majority american agree. obobo couldn’t care less on beheadings of christians by ISIS / ISIL, and couldn’t care less on the safety of americans. obobo’s strategy are the use of drones / bombs repudiated by military experts is not going to win the war ISIS / ISIL already declared against america. military experts weighed in on obobo’s strategy is not a strategy by any means at all. the million dollar question is why are largely young men running away as refugees, instead of fighting ISIS / ISIL invaders of their country. shouldn’t leaders of free nations suspect the motive of these young men coming in already radicalized, willing to be radicalized with countless unchecked mosque, no one knows actually what’s going on inside these growing mosques around the world. america / its allies must learn on belgium’s out of control muslims population outnumbering the citizens of belgium, their nation have become the breeding ground of radical muslims, ready to terrorize in a heart beat. the million dollar question is why the rich arab nations – saudi, UAE, qatar do not want any of these syrian refugees, their own kind?, yet nobody in this world ever can challenge their decisions, only the free nations of the world get criticize for rejecting muslim refugees. why is obobo running his full of BS loud mouth pushing america / its people on a guilty trip with his irresponsible speech abroad, content of which amounted to risking american lives, for it only takes a few radical muslim terrorists to mass murders thousands as evidenced by the coordinated terror attacked on 09-11-01. idiots like obobo will never learn on what happened on 09-11-01, it only took few hours to kill thousands of innocents / collapsed NYC’s tallest buildings / crashed passenger planes. radical muslim terrorists are predominantly men, followed by women / children, therefore you cannot trust no muslims with the truth all of them can be radicalized in the name of islam religion. their strong belief for islam religion to be really effective is to spread islam worldwide, through sharia laws, that every single person must convert to islam, and for the unbelievers to face death.

  • Mario
    19 November 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    One more year for Obama,enough time to destroy America for more Syrian Muslim refugees,target is 250,000 in 3 yrs.Hillary want 65,000 refugees immediately.It is predicted that Islam will dominate American population after 30 years.youtube; Caliphate-birth rate, reason is MULTI-BREEDING. Birth fertility rate per American family is 1.6., while Muslim family is 8.1. Obama’s formula is to reduce it to 20-25 years.If Obama succeed, imagine our grand children will be speaking Arabic, or Spanish. I rather go for Latino’s because majority of them are Christian.LEBANON,was a Christian nation, known as the “Paris of the Middle East” the center of banking, trade and business. Then the Syrian and Palestinian migrated, killing Christians,after 50 years Lebanon become Muslim state. Lebanese Christian blamed their liberal Christian politicians on policy of Diversity, but it is too late, Diversity is a Democratic Party policy.