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What's in a name? Obama on "Radical Islam"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:40

U.S. President Barack Obama after meeting with National Security team explains why he does not use the words ''Radical Islam'' saying, ''Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama after meeting with his National Security team explained why he does not use the words "Radical Islam" saying, "Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away." Obama has been criticized by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for not using the phrase. In a tweet just hours after Orlando attack, Trump wrote: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance." Trump has made combating the threat of groups such as Islamic State a central part of his candidacy. It was last December's attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people that led Trump to propose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump re-visited the proposal on Sunday after at least 50 people died in the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. "What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough," Trump wrote on Twitter. In a statement late Sunday, the businessman went further than U.S. officials investigating the shootings by asserting that the attack in Orlando was the work of a "radical Islamic terrorist." Obama said Tuesday, "For a while now the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is the criticize this Administration, and me, for not using the phrase 'Radical Islam,'" Obama said. "That's the key, they tell us, we can't beat ISIL unless we call them radical Islamists," Obama said,. "What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly could it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above," Obama said. "There is no magic to the phrase radical Islam, it's a political talking point," Obama said.

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What's in a name? Obama on "Radical Islam"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:40