President Barack Obama asserted Tuesday that proposals from presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump would strengthen Islam-inspired terrorist groups, but he emphasized that he will "not let that happen."
Obama warned that proposals from politicians like Trump seeking to increase surveillance of American Muslims or create a religious test for who can enter the country are antithetical to America's core principles, and could actually make the country less safe.
"If we ever abandon those values, we would not only make it a lot easier to radicalize people here and around the world, but we would have betrayed the very things we are trying to protect: the pluralism and the openness, our rule of law, our civil liberties, the very things that make our country great, the very things that make us exceptional," Obama said from the Treasury. "And then the terrorists would have won, and we cannot let that happen. I will not let that happen."