WATCH: Obama, Cruz in War of Words Over Refugee Policy

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that any U.S. assistance to Middle Eastern refugees should focus primarily on Christians fleeing persecution.

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York May 28, 2015.Credit: Reuters

ANTALYA, Turkey - President Barack Obama says it's wrong to equate attacks like those that happened in Paris with Islam. But he says the Muslim community needs to do more to make sure young people are "not infected" with the beliefs of extremists.

Obama says there has not been enough pushback by Muslim leaders against extremism.

He says the United States has to do its part to accept refugees from Iraq and Syria, and that it was "shameful" for political leaders to call for imposing a religious test on refugees.

Obama says the people fleeing Syria are the ones that are more harmed by terrorism. He spoke Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey.

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have said that any U.S. assistance to Middle Eastern refugees should focus primarily on Christians fleeing persecution.