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GOP Candidates Sound Off on Obama Attacks

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 12:09 PM

GOP candidates Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and Lindsey Graham don't usually see eye-to-eye, but on Wednesday they all took their turns on the morning news shows blasting President Barack Obama for attacking the press, them, and other Republicans rather than focusing on ISIS.

"I thought the news conference he had the other day, two days ago, was really an affront," front-runner Trump told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"It was just terrible. It was so unprofessional. He was angry at the press and people had just been killed and you have these animals out there shooting everybody. Frankly, he wasn't angry at them, he was angry at the press."

Trump also railed against Obama's words from the Philippines on Wednesday, when he said Republicans who insist on barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. could bolster ISIS recruitment efforts, and called their words offensive while insisting "it needs to stop."

"Well, he said a lot of things," said Trump. "And he's not a good representative . . . You look at all of the problems, beyond this, and now this is the big one. Because this is safety and this is life. But you look at all of the problems we have trade, with Obamacare, with all of the things he's done, it's been a disaster."

Graham, also appearing on the same program
, complained that Obama "personifies weakness and incompetency."

He said the president's speech immediately following last Friday's attacks "literally made me sick," and he considers Obama a "prideful man, he's a stubborn man, and he's an incompetent man."

And, Graham warned that the United States is going to get attacked because Obama, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, have "taken a can of gasoline" and thrown it on "every fire in the Middle East."

Graham continued that there has to come a point in time when Americans realize that Obama "doesn't know what he's doing," especially after the president earlier this year referred to ISIS as a "junior varsity" team and after he pulled all troops out of Iraq and drew a "red line" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but didn't enforce it.

"We're running out of time," said Graham. "We're going to get hit here. What you see in Paris in coming to America."

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Fiorina later in the morning said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" it's "outrageous" that Obama is using his time to "attack Republicans," but his comments show that the president "just doesn't understand the nature of the threat."

But as the president believes Republicans are his enemies, Fiorina continued, "he's a politician, not a leader."

"He ought to be focused on the real enemy, he ought to understand the threat that is ongoing, and here once again he somehow believes it is Republican words that are recruitment tools for ISIS," she said. "He doesn't understand the nature of the threat, he never has."

But, Fiorina said it is the Republicans who are focused on the nation's security, especially when it comes to the issue of vetting Syrian immigrants.

"How can we continue to admit Syrian refugees when our intelligence community admit they cannot vet them?" she said. "There are heartbreaking pictures of women and children. But the vast majority are young able-bodied men. There is no doubt about that. This president is not focused on defeating an enemy at war with us."

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Christie not only complained about Obama, but about Kerry for saying this week that the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier this year in Paris were more "understandable."

"He needs to get some sleep and shut up," said the New Jersey governor. "That's disgraceful, for the secretary of state of the United States to stand up and say there is some rationale for what happened in January. These are the kind of weak, mixed signals that this administration sends that helps to really make the American people think there is no one watching the store, and there isn't.

"This is the same president sitting around saying somehow it's everyone else's fault. He's the one who drew the red line in Syria and didn't enforce it. If he had these refugees wouldn't have to be leaving their own country."

And when it comes to the refugee issue, Christie said Obama's "own FBI director [James Comey] said they don't have the capacity to vet these people. That should be the end of the conversation. The American people need to be protected first."

But instead, Obama is blaming Republicans, said Christie, and "this is what he and Hillary Clinton always do. She said one of the enemies she is most proud of are Republicans. That's why the city is so divided in Washington, D.C. And our country is divided, because they speak that way."



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