Donald Trump had some harsh words for President Barack Obama. In some of Trump’s most stinging rebukes to date, the GOP presidential hopeful lashed out at the Commander-in-Chief after Obama’s press conference Monday from the G-20 summit in Turkey, pronouncing that Obama was “not meant” for this job, and calling the president’s rejection of a Republican-driven Syrian refugee suggestion, and his seeming anger at the media coverage, an “embarrassment for the country.”
“I mean, personally, I don’t think he was meant for this job, if you want to know the truth. The temperament is wrong,” Trump said during a Fox News interview with host Sean Hannity. On Monday, President Obama railed against Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates who had put forth a discussion point, in light of the recent ISIS terror attacks, that only Christian refugees should be admitted into the US from Syria.
“When I hear folks say that, ‘Well, maybe we should just admit the Christians, but not the Muslims,’” Obama mused. “When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who is fleeing a war torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing from political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American.”
Senator Cruz was the voice behind the suggestion, though he certainly is not the only one arguing for tighter border controls. He told Fox News on Saturday:
“It makes no sense whatsoever to for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine if they are terrorists here to kill us or not. Those who are fleeing persecution should be resettled in the Middle East and majority Muslim countries,” Cruz said. “Now, on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide or persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.”
To Obama’s reaction to Cruz, Trump said:
“I watched that disastrous news conference yesterday. It was insulting. He wasn’t angry at the killers — the murderers, the animals — that did this horrible thing. He was angry at reporters — and I think some of the Republicans, frankly. But he was angry at the reporters,” the real estate magnate and celebrity television star said.
“It’s not for him,” he added, speaking of Obama as president. “And unfortunately we all have to suffer with it. But this job is not for him. That was a terrible performance yesterday and an embarrassment for the country.”
Obama however, recently told sportswriter Bill Simmons that he would relish the opportunity to debate Trump. “I would’ve enjoyed campaigning against Trump,” Obama said in an interview for GQ’s upcoming “Men of the Year” issue. Obama is on the cover. “That would’ve been fun.”
Easy to say now, Mr. President, though a Trump and Obama card on a prime time debate would certainly be some must-see TV.