The world is on fire, and Obama doesn’t give a flip. Now he’s taking heat from prominent players in his own party.
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said Obama is spending too much time raising money for Democrats, and not enough time focusing on world issues.
“This is a very hard time,” Feinstein said on MSNBC on Monday. She went on to list a litany of global crises–from the ongoing civil war in Syria, the threat ISIS poses in Iraq, Iran edging ever-closer to a nuclear bomb, the Gaza–Israel conflict, and the dispute between Russia and Ukraine–and said Obama could do a whole lot more to help address the world’s affairs.
“I’m not going to tell the president what to do, but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter, and I think there ought to be increased attention.”
“I think the leader of the free world has to be strong, and this is a time where strength is necessary,” Feinstein added. “I don’t think this should just slide from the viewers’ screen.”
Earlier on Monday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said the Obama administration is failing to lead on the international stage.
“We should be looking at the future. We should have a vision for the future. We should be able to help the world, but we should be taking care of ourself and making ourself strong first,” Manchin said in an interview on WOWK’s show Decision Makers.
“You lead by example. Right now we’re leading by … we’re not leading really. We’re just getting pulled in all different directions. There’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do we stand for,” Manchin added.
Both Feinstein and Manchin’s criticism of Obama’s lack of leadership comes as he is set to go on a three-day trip to the West Coast for Democratic fundraisers in Seattle, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama isn’t concerned about the image he is sending, and doesn’t plan to cancel his fundraising tour amid myriad international turmoil.
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