Although Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was never mentioned by name, his presence was certainly felt throughout President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Jan. 12.
Obama repeatedly focused on the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S., which Trump is often accused of contributing to. In an interview with “Fox and Friends” after the speech, Trump conceded that Obama “probably” doesn’t like him, although he claimed the president’s approval is “not very important to him."
Although Trump tweeted that the State of the Union speech was “boring, slow, lethargic -- very hard to watch!,” he did take issue with Obama’s rhetoric on terrorism -- namely that the president didn’t use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“He doesn't want to use those terms. He doesn't want to talk about it, and if you don't talk about something, you're never going to solve the problem,” Trump said, claiming Obama is “living in a fantasy land.”
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"He doesn't want to talk about California, what happened there with the 14 people killed, viciously killed by the two radicalized people. He doesn't want to talk about what's going on in the world, the real facts that are going on in the world.”
Surprisingly, Trump was apparently in agreement several of his fellow presidential candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, The Hill reported.
“Safer? ISIS on the rise. North Korea testing nukes. Syria in chaos. Taliban on march. This president is living in a different world,” Bush tweeted during the president’s address.
In an interview with NBC just after Obama’s speech, Cruz focused on Obama not using the phrase “radical Islamic terror.”
“This speech, he didn’t say a word about the Paris terror attacks, he didn’t say a word about San Bernardino,” Cruz said, reports The Hill. “The American people are tired of having a president who won’t acknowledge the evil we are facing.”