“We must never accept the premise they put forward, because it is a lie. Nor should we grant them the legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists,” President Barack Obama said at a 3-day White House summit on countering terrorism.
President Obama said Wednesday that he would refuse to recognize terrorists as Muslim extremists, or even consider terrorism a basically Islamic phenomenon, saying doing this runs contrary to American values and would only give extremists a cloak of legitimacy.