Pence: Clinton, Obama have ‘narrative of denial’ on terror
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Vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak Pence urges Americans to avoid church services of more than 10 people Watch live: Coronavirus task force holds press briefing MORE says President Obama and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE are missing the threat of terrorism after a series of weekend attacks.

“The truth is, they’ve just been in a narrative of denial,” he said during a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa, late Monday.

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“The reality is that men and women, the people of this country, know that weakness arouses evil,” Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE's running mate added.

“The truth is that seven and a half years of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Can you kill a virus with a gun? Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much MORE and Hillary Clinton’s leadership has brought to the world stage has weakened America’s place in the world, and it’s emboldened our enemies.”

Pence said Obama and Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, seem equally lost on terrorism at home and abroad.

“In the wake of another round of terrorist attacks here on our own soil, I’m not sure Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know we are at war,” he said. "It truly is extraordinary.

“If you look at a picture of the wider Middle East the day that Barack Obama became president and Hillary Clinton became his secretary of State, if you took a picture of the map of that area today you wouldn’t know you were looking at the same part of the world.”

A bomb exploded along a charity race route in Seaside Park, N.J., on Saturday before a similar incident in New York City.

The second explosion occurred in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood later that night, injuring 29 people with non-life threatening wounds.

Police on Monday took Ahmad Kahn Rahami, 28, into custody for questioning related to the string of events and charged him with attempted murder.

Rahami, who is a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was apprehended following a shootout with authorities in Linden, N.J.

Two police officers were injured by gunfire in the confrontation, while Rahami was hospitalized after he “sustained shots” of his own.

And in an unrelated incident in Minnesota, a man stabbed nine people at a shopping mall before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

Clinton on Monday accused Trump of inspiring extremism with his words.

“We know that a lot of rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they’re looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists,” she said, referencing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Pence said later that night Trump is addressing radical Islam with the tough talk such a danger to national security deserves.

“Hillary, I’ve got a message for you: Strength does not give comfort to the enemies of the United States. We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends."