Jun 14, 2016 12:55 PM
Obama goes on the Trump attack, calls for ban on assault weapons
WASHINGTON D.C. - President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump and his proposal to ban the entrance of Syrian refugees to the United States, saying "yapping" on Twitter does not help the nation in the war on terror.
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, adding this is "not the America we want."
The president also defended himself against Trump's attacks for refusing to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism."
Democrat Hillary Clinton has called for a similar ban, while Republican Donald Trump is opposing reinstatement of the ban.
The shooter in the Orlando attack, Omar Mateen, used a military-style assault weapon to blast away at an Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people.
The ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004. The large majority of Republicans in Congress and some pro-gun Democrats have opposed reinstatement of the ban.