Obama: Anti-Muslim rhetoric from Trump ‘not the America we want’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama says anti-Muslim rhetoric from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “not the America we want.”

Obama spoke Tuesday after meeting with his National Security Council.

Obama argued that treating Muslim-Americans differently won’t make the U.S. safer. He says it will make the country less safe by fueling the notion among followers of the Islamic State group that the West hates Muslims.

He lashed out a day after Trump doubled down on his proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

Obama said the U.S. was founded on freedom of religion and that there are no religious tests in America.

He says such talk makes Muslim-Americans feel like their government is betraying them.

Obama commented after meeting with his national security advisers on the threat posed by IS. He also was briefed on the investigation into the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Obama also called for Congress to pass tougher gun laws and the renewal of the assault weapons ban.

“We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents,” Obama said. “Enough talking about being tough on terrorism. Actually be tough on terrorism.”

See much more from his speech below:

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Obama says he just met with the National Security Council regarding the fight against ISIL

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Obama says he wants to remind the LGBT community that “they are not alone” and their “friends all over the world are standing with you.”

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Obama says there is no information that a foreign terrorist group directed the attack in Orlando. But that the killer took in extremist info and propaganda over the internet. Gunman was an “angry” and “disturbed” man who became radicalized.

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Obama: During his killing spree, the shooter pledged allegiance to ISIL.

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Obama: These lone actors are very hard to detect and prevent — but across the government “we are doing everything in our power to stop these attacks.”

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Obama thanks law enforcement and intelligence for preventing previous planned attacks. 

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Obama says “our mission is to destroy ISIL.” In the past few months, efforts have been upped in this area. 

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Targets are being identified — so far 13,000 airstrikes — in this mission. 

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So far more than 120 ISIL leaders and commanders have been taken out in the mission.

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Obama: ISIL is now cut off from the world’s financial system. 

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Obama: These are not religious warriors. They are thugs and thieves. 

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Obama: Urges Senate to ‘put national security first’ and confirm his nomination of Adam Szubin as Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. 

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Obama: ISIL is losing ground overseas, including in Libya. “We’ll continue to assist the new Libyan government.”

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Obama now addressing “homegrown extremists” involved in San Bernardino and Orlando attacks. “We have to make it harder for people who want to kill” in America get the weapons to do that. 

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Obama: There are common sense steps that could reduce gun violence…and the lethality of someone who intends to do harm. 

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Obama: “People who aren’t allowed on a plane, shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Enough talking about being tough on terrorism. Actually be tough on terrorism and stop making it as easy as possible for terrorists to get a hold of assault weapons.”

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Obama: If not, these attacks will keep on happening, and the weapons will be more powerful.

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Obama: Says he’s been criticized from “the other side of the aisle” for not using the term “radical islamists.” What exactly would using this label change, he asks.

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Obama says nothing — calling a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away. “This is a political distraction.”

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Obama: “If people seriously think we don’t know who we are fighting…if we’re confused about who our enemies are…that would come to the surprise of the thousands of terrorists we’ve taken off the battlefield.”

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Obama: If we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush and implying we are in a war with a religion — we are doing the terrorists’ work for them. 

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Obama: The Fort Hood killer, the San Bernardino killer, the Orlando killer were all Americans. 

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Obama: This is a country founded on basic freedoms, including freedom of religion. 

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Obama: If we ever abandon our values, we’d make it easier to radicalize people and we “would have betrayed the very things we are trying to protect.”

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Press conference concludes