President Barack Obama took aim at GOP politicians after comments regarding an influx of Syrian refugees coming into the United States began to surface. Obama essentially called Republicans a bunch of scaredy cats afraid of “widows and orphans.”
The president was in the Philippines on Wednesday (Nov. 17) speaking to reporters when he mentioned the stances held by GOP governors and presidential candidates in preventing Syrians from entering their respective state borders. Obama was especially pointed with his jabs which were definitely aimed at former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz at points.
From The Hill:
Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning in the Philippines, Obama scoffed at attempts to block refugees following the Paris terror attacks as “political posturing” that “needs to stop.”
“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of Republicans. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Obama apparently directed his ire at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who said Tuesday he opposes allowing people fleeing the conflict in Syria to resettle in the U.S., even “orphans under five.”
Christie is one of 28 governors, all but one of whom are Republican, who say they do not want to accept Syrian refugees. The governors are part of a growing wave of opposition to Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 into the country in the next year.
House Republicans are attempting to hold a vote that will put a pause to resettling Syrians in the United States. Both Republicans and Democrats are said to be involved in the proposed measure.
Obama says that his administration is following a “rigorous process” in screening Syrians for admittance.
“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” he added. “We don’t make good decisions if its based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”
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