Trump: People Can ‘Figure Out’ My Comments About Obama, Radical Islam

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Donald Trump on Monday refused to clarify what he meant when he said “there’s something going on” with President Obama’s refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” and said he’d leave it up to others to interpret his comments instead.

“Well, you know, I’ll let people figure that out for themselves Howie,” the presumptive GOP nominee told WRKO radio host Howie Carr, as flagged by BuzzFeed News. “Because to be honest with you there certainly doesn’t seem to be a lot anger or passion when he—when we want to demand retribution for what happened over the weekend.”

Trump had suggested earlier in the day on Fox News that Obama’s response to the most deadly mass shooting in the nation’s history meant the President was either naive about terror threats or was somehow connected to extremists.

He revoked press access to The Washington Post later Monday, saying the publication was unfair in publishing a story on those comments with a headline that read, “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”

“There was certainly not a lot of passion,” Trump told Carr of Obama. “There was certainly not a lot of anger. So, you know, I’ll let that, we’ll let people figure it out. But it’s very, very, it’s a very sad situation when we have the kind of a tragedy that we had and we have a president that gave a press conference and talks about gun control. Well this was a licensed person, who could have had a gun anyway.”

Trump went on to say that Obama wants to take the guns away from people so “the bad guys will have the guns, the good guys won’t.”

Listen to Trump’s comments below:

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