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Presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday of treating Muslim nations far better than he treats Israel, repeating a claim he made in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.
“Obama treats others far better than he treats Israel. He treats Israel so badly,” Trump said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. “I have many Jewish friends and they raise money for him, and they raise money for the Democrats. I say, ‘What are you people doing? Why would you do this?’
“It is the worst deal for them (Israel) that I can imagine,” Trump stated.
On Monday, the presumptive Republican nominee implied that Obama was sympathetic to Islamic terrorism by refusing to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“[Obama] doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said on “Fox n’ Friends” program. “It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable. We are led by a man who is either not tough, not smart, or he has something else in mind. And the something else in mind, people can’t believe it.”
In a statement to Bloomberg News, Trump insisted that he “was referring to the fact that at times Obama seems more in support of Muslims than Israel.”
Hillary Clinton, speaking at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, called out Trump’s suggestion that Obama is siding with terrorists. “Even in a time of divided politics, this is beyond anything that should be said by someone running for President of the United States,” she said.
“What Donald Trump is saying is shameful. It is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded, and their families. And it is yet more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be Commander in Chief.”
Clinton urged “responsible” Republicans to rebuke Trump’s rhetoric, saying, “History will remember what we do in this moment. Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations.”
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