Obama: Trump’s rhetoric helping ISIS
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President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE’s rhetoric is helping the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


“The Muslim-American … community here feels deeply American and deeply committed to upholding the rule of law, and working with law enforcement, and rejecting intolerance and extremism that's represented by the perversions of Islam that ISIL is sending out through the internet or carrying out in the Middle East,” Obama told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” using the administration’s preferred acronym for the terrorist group.

“But that requires leaders — political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders — all of us to send a very clear signal that we are not going to be divided in that fashion,” he said. “And I think the kinds of rhetoric that we've heard too often, from Mr. Trump and others, is ultimately helping do ISIL's work.”

Trump, meanwhile, said on another Sunday morning news show that he has not rolled back his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. in an effort to stop terrorism.

"In fact, you could say it's an expansion," Trump said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

During his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, he called for an immediate suspension of immigration from "any nation that has been compromised by terrorism" until there are proper vetting mechanisms.

"I'm looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word 'Muslim.' Oh, you can't use the word 'Muslim.' Remember this. And I'm OK with that, because I'm talking territory instead of 'Muslim,' " he said Sunday.