Accessibility links

Obama Criticizes Trump For Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

U.S. President Barack Obama has criticized Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican contender for the White House, saying his anti-Muslim rhetoric will make the United States less safe.

Obama made the comments on June 14, one day after Trump repeated his proposal that the United States should temporarily ban Muslims from entering.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama rejected his criticism that he does not use the term "radical Islamic terrorism" to describe Islamic State (IS) militancy.

"What exactly would using this label accomplish, what exactly would it change?" Obama said in a televised statement at the White House.

“There's no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.' It's a political talking point."

Obama said such talk makes Muslims feel like the U.S. government is betraying them.

Obama spoke after getting an update from national security advisers on the shooting at a Florida nightclub earlier this week that killed 49. The gunman proclaimed allegiance to the IS group during a call to emergency dispatchers made from the nightclub.