How Trump Reacted to Obama's Speech

He wasn't happy about the podium or the acronym
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2015 1:03 AM CST
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday in Davenport, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Donald Trump live-tweeted President Obama's rare Oval Office address Sunday night, and the criticisms began early: "The podium in the Oval Office looks odd," Trump grumbled. "Not good, but the words will be the key." After Obama began speaking, Trump retweeted comments about stopping all visas and making America great again, the New York Daily News reports. "Is that all there is? We need a new President—FAST!" Trump tweeted when the speech was over. He went on to criticize Obama for refusing to say "we are at WAR with RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS," and for saying ISIL instead of ISIS, "like almost everybody else."

Other GOP candidates also addressed the speech, with Ben Carson calling it "strange," CNN reports. "Strange that it took four days from the attack to respond and even more strange that somehow the attack on our soil is proof his policies are working. One must wonder who has contained who," he said. Marco Rubio slammed the speech as "cynical," while Ted Cruz said that when he becomes president, he will "direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS" and also "shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country." (Trump says the terrorist problem won't be solved until Obama "gets the hell out.")

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