Obama calls GOP rhetoric on Syrian refugees a ‘potent recruitment tool for ISIL’

November 18, 2015 3:14 AM

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Obama calls GOP rhetoric on Syrian refugees a ‘potent recruitment tool for ISIL’

MANILA, Philippines -- In a press conference in Manila on Wednesday President Obama blasted Republicans' recent calls to block Syrian refugees' entrance into the United States, saying, "I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate."

Obama's sharp words, delivered during his stop at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here, underscored the enormous chasm between the president's approach to upheaval in the Mideast and those of Republicans, some of whom are seeking their party's presidential nomination next year. The pres...

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