Republicans have expressed a range of concerns over President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly attack on an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 people dead.
While the president on Monday offered a blanket denial of any connections to the attack, several of his colleagues said Trump was not credible on the issue of radical Islam and that he should be removed from office.
Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said Monday that Trump “has no clue what the hell he’s talking about.”
The president’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, echoed that sentiment.
“President Trump’s repeated statements and actions have been inconsistent and at times downright contradictory,” Sessions said in a statement.
“In fact, the President has expressed his concern that President Trump is not sufficiently well versed in the issue.”
Trump has also repeatedly questioned the validity of the Orlando attack.
Trump said on Monday that he was “very disappointed” that the attack took place at the Pulse nightclub, which he said was a “gay nightclub” with “radical Islamic terrorists.”
But he also said the “very sick and demented people” responsible for the attack should be prosecuted.
“I am deeply disappointed that the cowardly act of Orlando is being used by the media and Democrats in a political and moral way,” Trump said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump should be “exterminated” because he did not have the “temperament and temperament to be president.” “
The President and I will continue to make our country safe and secure.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump should be “exterminated” because he did not have the “temperament and temperament to be president.”
Graham, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, added that “anyone who says they have the temperament, the ability to be commander in chief, should be out of office.”
He said Trump “is not credible as a leader on this issue.”
“He has no clue where he stands,” Graham said.
Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also suggested Monday that the president’s response is not enough.
“There’s got to be some leadership and some discipline in the administration,” Corker said on Fox News.
“They need to step up and tell the truth and show restraint.
And we need some real leadership from the administration.”
On CNN Monday, Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said that Trump’s remarks on the Orlando shooting were “very concerning.”
“I think the president needs to say more and I think he needs to apologize,” Paul said on “State of the Union.”
“But that doesn’t mean that he needs us to be worried about him.
We should be worried.”
Trump, meanwhile, has continued to push the notion that he is “not a racist” and that there are “no more white supremacists.”
Trump also appeared to dismiss the deadly Orlando attack as an “act of terrorism.”
Trump said Monday on Twitter that “these are the sad, sick, demented killers” who carried out the attack.
“Many prayers are with the victims of this despicable attack,” he said.
But in a Friday press conference, he was asked by reporters whether he believes the Orlando attacks were a terrorist attack.
“Well, you know, I don’t think we know for sure, but it’s an act of terrorism, right?”
Trump said, before being interrupted by reporters.
“But I don�t believe that.”