Rep. Michael T. McCaul was one of a number of Republicans who were skeptical — or outright dismissive — Sunday of President Obama’s talk of de-emphasizing the global war on terror.
“The rhetoric sort of defies the reality on the threat level we’ve been briefed on,” Mr. McCaul, of Texas, said in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Mr. McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, stood by his comments last week that the president’s speech on national would put American lives at risk.
“He diminishes [al Qaeda‘s] threat to the homeland, and I think that’s where I take issue with him because al Qaeda has evolved into a … global movement.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich also slammed the president’s Thursday address, in which he called for a more targeted approach to combating terror.
Mr. Graham called the speech “tone-deaf,” and Mr. Gingrich called the president “stunningly, breathtakingly naive.”
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