President Obama was recently interviewed by The Atlantic, where it was reported that the commander-in-chief “frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do.”
That statement was taken by many to mean that the president believes the fear of terrorism is exaggerated, Chris Wallace noted.
Do we make too big a deal about the terror threat? Wallace asked.
“I don’t think we make too big of a deal of the terror threat … My point is that, how we do it is important,” said Obama.
“We have to make sure that we abide by our values. And we have to make sure that what we do doesn’t end up being counterproductive.
So when I hear some candidates saying we should carpet bomb innocent civilians …
That is not a productive approach to defeating terrorism.
When I hear people suggesting that we should ban all Muslims from entering the country, that is not a good approach to defeating terrorism. Our approach has to be smart.”
But “bathtub manufacturers aren’t trying to kill us, and they’re not trying to up the body count,” said the Fox News Sunday host.
Obama responded that he has tried to return “the message of resilience” to terrorists who try to “get societies to change who they are.”
He went on to explain his approach to fighting ISIS and defended his record on counterterrorism in more of the exclusive interview, here.