One of President Barack Obama‘s former top advisers offered some criticism of how he could have better handled his response to those who are calling for the U.S. to halt the influx of refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
“I’m proud of the position the president took. I think it’s the right one,” David Axelrod said on ABC’s This Week. “But … before you attack the fear mongers, you have to attack the fear. And he could’ve done more of that on the front end.”
After it was reported that one of the Paris attackers might have posed as a refugee in order to enter Europe, governors from across the country said they would not accept Syrian refugees into their states for fear of an ISIS infiltration of the refugee system. Obama has said that slamming the door on those who are attempting to escape from ISIS would be a “betrayal of our values,” and lashed out at Republican presidential candidates for their rhetoric.
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Axelrod went on to say that Obama “didn’t stand up as explicitly as he should have for the system of letting refugees into this country, which is actually very, very exacting.”
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