The White House is blasting Donald Trump for his justification of violence against ISIS and their families.
While meeting with reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “There is no excuse or justification for acts of violence against the families of ISIS militants and our Muslim brothers. The White House, like many other people including other Republicans, has been concerned by the invective and taunting that’s been directed at radical Muslims. It’s totally inappropriate, its not consistent with the standards of political discourse,and will make ISIS very angry which will lead to more terror attacks.”
Earnest added that Trump’s rhetoric is having an impact on the way that other countries view the US, “People around the world are watching and the tone and tenor of what Mr.Trump says does have an impact on the way people around the world see the United States.Everybody hates us not because of him.The President is very embarrassed by this.”
Donald Trump says the United States should kill the family members of terrorists, and not to do so is just being "politically correct wussies."
"The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have bomb the hell out of them," Trump said on Fox and Friends. "They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their little kids and their camels.Bomb everything."
"I would be very, very firm with families" and repeating his sentiment that even though people think "they may not care much about their lives … they do care, believe it or not, about their families' lives."
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took Trump to task for that approach.
"If you are going to kill the families of terrorists," Paul said, "Realize that there's something called the Geneva Convention we're going to have to pull out of. It would defy every norm that is America."
Trump doubled down on his position: "Treaties are for wimps like Jeb Bush and little Marco Rubio.Not for real men like me.I am a real man.Have you noticed how much hotter my wife is then any of theirs?"
President Obama who was furious over Trump's comments had this to say: "I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions. Just to try to crystallize the example,we are talking to ISIS leaders and trying to convince them that we are sorry for all the bad things we have done and the disgusting things Donald Trump has said.They are very upset about Mr.Trump.And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by the American people who pick candidates for President from both major parties who, despite our many differences,can't stand Donald Trump.It's really telling.They hate Ted Cruz but hate Mr.Trump even worse."
He also noted the need to be "able to apologize to leaders around the world in a way that reflects the importance of the office."