Both former President Barack Obama and even relatively new President Donald Trump have experienced their fair share of tragic terrorist attacks to handle.
But a very important distinction between the ways the two presidents have handled these tragedies is coming to light.
Where Obama was all talk, President Trump seems to be action-driven.
A side by side comparison of President Donald Trump’s response to the recent terrorist attack in Manchester and former President Barack Obama’s reaction to the deadly attack in Orlando last year revealed much about the two commander-in-chief’s abilities to combat terrorism.
President Trump shows a more aggressive approach, promising to end the threat of Islamic radicalism and protect the American people – as a President should.
Obama, on the other hand, tended to take a more measured tone and asked for peace from the Islamic state, rather than show any sort of strength and resilience against them.
President Trump spoke most recently about the attacks in Manchester while visiting the Middle East to negotiate allies against ISIS, as reported by the Daily Caller:
Trump addressed the tragedy in the United Kingdom that claimed 22 live and left at 59 injured in no uncertain terms, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers in life” and targeted in a terrorist attack by extremists. He also added that: “This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated. Life must be protected.”
“So many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said in response to the attack. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that.”
However, Obama addressed a similar tragedy in a very different light – even going so far as to use it to push his anti-gun agenda.
The Daily Caller continued:
In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting carried out by an Islamic extremist, Obama took a more measured tone. While pointing out the event was an “act of terror,” Obama went on to say they reached “no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.” Obama also added that he directed authorities to “spare no effort to determine what — if any — inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.”
Obama also used the incident to bring up gun laws in the United States, saying “reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
With the most recent attack against children in Manchester, and the death toll still rising, one thing is certain: President Trump’s actions against Islamic extremism are surely needed in such a time, more so than Obama’s “kind words” and political agenda seeping through.
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