While America comes to grips with the worst loss of life in law enforcement since 9/11, a seemingly jovial President Barack Obama continued his trip abroad in Warsaw, Poland.
Seen smiling and laughing the day after five police officers in Dallas, Texas, were killed by a black man sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement, Obama came under fire for continuing his overseas trip and for politicizing the tragedy with a focus on gun control.
Speaking Friday on the shooting, the president jumped at the opportunity to push gun control, saying “that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes it more deadly and more tragic, and in the days ahead we are going to have to consider those realities as well.”
Obama was later photographed at a press event before a NATO summit grinning ear to ear with British Prime Minister David Cameron, with the two seemingly having a gay old time — while America mourned five dead cops.
While campaigning @ the UN today Obama & PM David Cameron "yuck" it up
"So a cop & a horse walk into a Dallas bar.. pic.twitter.com/n86STDodQ1
— DP Armstrong (@Informalmeddler) July 9, 2016
Fitting photo of Obama smiling with Cameron while America weeps. Photo from today's NATO summit. pic.twitter.com/tZHLrWvBfk
— CitizenOP (@CitizenOP) July 8, 2016
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, criticized Obama on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” for continuing his trip amid a national tragedy.
‘If we are weak at home, we are weak around the world,’ Sessions said. ‘And this is an example of a weakness, when our president goes overseas and has a terrible tragedy like this.’
Ben Carson, a supporter of Donald Trump, appeared on “Fox & Friends” and hit Obama on his gun control push.
“Now is definitely not the time to get political,” he said. “Now is the time to use logic and ask ourselves, why do we have a Constitution? Why do we have a Second Amendment? They’re always saying you don’t need a high-powered weapon to hunt deer. The Constitution is not about deer hunting. It’s about people being able to defend themselves from an overly aggressive government or an external invasion.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also took issue with how Obama has responded, telling Fox News the president should look to how President Ronald Reagan dealt with the Challenger space disaster in 1986.
“He doesn’t need to inject the divisive arguments like gun control at a time of great grief for the nation,” Huckabee said. “And he ought to do for us what Ronald Reagan did after the Challenger disaster. And that’s remind us of what we have in common, not what separates us.”
Huckabee went on to say he was “frustrated with the president, who “has such great potential to be a leader.”
“But on the other hand,” he added, “what he ought to be doing is focusing upon those police officers and the sacrifice they made and solely on the police officers and the sacrifices of their family and leave all of the political discussions aside.”
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