Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie expressed a great deal of censure on Wednesday against President Barak Obama for allowing Syrian refugees into the United States of America, calling the White House Policy a “joke.”
The New Jersey governor, during an interview, blamed President Barack Obama for the entire situation in Syria. “He didn’t keep his word when he said he drew a red line in Syria, he allowed the situation in Syria to happen, he hasn’t set up a no-fly zone which could create a safe haven for these refuges to live safely in their own country rather than having to scatter all across the world. And he’s the one casting aspersions?” Christie asked during an interview with the CNN. “It’s a joke. And he’s a joke on this issue,” he added.
Christie’s hard line generated a response from Obama, who also took a swipe at the GOP presidential candidates. “Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said from the Philippines. “At first, they (GOP presidential candidates) were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me. I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here during the course of this debate,” Obama said, using one of the shorthand terms for the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks in France.
Christie is among more than a dozen other governors who have very assertively opposed the administration and clearly said that they do not support the refugee resettlement, surrounded by the fears of ongoing international terrorism.
“The widows and orphans I remember are the ones right after 9/11, and I don’t want to create a new generation of those,” Christie said. “I don’t take any criticism from the president seriously. He lives in a fantasyland. The president created the refugee crisis by his own unwillingness to act, by his timidity, and the only time he’s not timid is when he’s criticizing Republicans,” Christie added.
Christie and other Republican candidates called upon the US and its allies to create a safe zone in Syria for refugees instead of allowing them into the US, which some fear could also allow terrorists to slip into the US.
“We don’t need to indiscriminately close mosques. What we need to do is to increase our intelligence capability back to what it was post-9/11 so that we can prevent attacks from happening,” Christie said, slamming congressional reforms earlier this year that ended the NSA’s bulk collection of millions of American’s phone records. “We should be protecting the homeland first and foremost, and when the FBI director says we cannot effectively vet these people, that should be the end of the conversation about bringing Syrian refugees here,” Christie added.
It is estimated that 2,200 refugees from Syria have been admitted to the United States in the last four years. between 2012 and 2014, eight refugees from Syria were among the 1,085 refugees who settled in New Jersey.