Trump calls for President Obama to resign after Orlando shooting
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said in a statement on Sunday that President Barack Obama should resign.
The statement came after a mass shooter at an Orlando nightclub killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 others.
“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam,’” Trump wrote. “For that reason alone, he should step down.”
In his brief address earlier Sunday, Obama said the shooting was “an act of terror and an act of hate.”
Trump also criticized Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his statement.
“If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency,” he wrote.
He also took a hit at Obama on Twitter after the statement was sent, saying America’s “leadership is weak and ineffective.”
What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Trump’s campaign also noted that he will “deliver a major speech to further address this terrorist attack, immigration, and national security” in New Hampshire on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to weigh in on the shooting, calling the incident “really bad” and linking it to terrorism. Trump later said that he appreciated the congratulations he was receiving about “being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” but he instead wanted toughness and vigilance.
Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Clinton also said on Twitter that her thoughts were with those affected by the shooting, which killed about 20 people and left more than 40 wounded.
Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Christina Prignano of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.