By Cristina Marcos - 01/07/16 11:38 AM EST
Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanDems brace for immigration battle RNC chairman: Ryan one of 'brightest stars' in Republican Party Gingrich: 'Of course' we can afford to have president with split personality MORE (R-Wis.) suggested Thursday that President Obama should have gotten as emotional over the deaths caused by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists as he did over gun violence.
Asked by Yahoo News’s Katie Couric if he was moved by the president’s tears on Tuesday during the announcement of executive actions to expand gun control, Ryan responded, “I was affected by it, but I thought we should’ve had the same kind of reaction when James Foley was beheaded, when San Bernardino and Paris occurred. That’s the kind of reaction I had when those occurred.”
President Obama cried this week while recalling deaths resulting from mass shootings during his presidency, particularly the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ryan, who has dismissed Obama’s executive orders as a “distraction,” said the public should be discussing how to defeat ISIS instead.
“What I think he’s trying to do is distract from basically his failed policies,” Ryan said of Obama.
“I think the president should put as much effort into going after homegrown jihadists and going after terrorist infiltration of our refugee network and going after defeating ISIS as he is in trying to frustrate the law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” he added.
Obama did not shed tears while delivering a statement on American journalist Foley’s beheading in August 2014, but he appeared angry.
"The entire world is appalled,” Obama said at the time. “No just God would stand for what they [ISIS] did yesterday or every single day.”