Gov. Scott calls on Obama to return to US in wake Brussels attacks

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement Thursday calling on President Barack Obama to return to the United States in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this week.

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Obama was on a historic state trip to Cuba when the attacks occurred Tuesday morning, and now is in South America.

The day of the attacks, Obama was briefed on the situation in Brussels, then gave a speech and attended a baseball game in Havana. While critics, now including Scott, say Obama should come back to the U.S., Obama has responded that terrorists are trying to “make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us. And as long as we don’t allow that to happen, we’re gonna be OK.”

Obama again came under fire Thursday morning for dancing the tango at a state dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is visiting to meet that country’s new president. Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass reportedly said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Obama dancing the tango “was a tremendous mistake.”

Haass added, “Baseball games and tangos, that’s inconsistent with the seriousness of the day.”

In his statement, Scott invited Obama to come to Florida to “address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. (The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe through June 20.)

 

As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Obama has yet to respond to criticism of his trip to Argentina.

Here is Scott’s full statement:

“Following the gruesome terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this week, President Obama chose to continue gallivanting across the communist country of Cuba with the Castros. Now, he is dancing the tango in Argentina.

“Not only do I believe that President Obama should immediately return to America, I am inviting him today to come to Florida and address the concerns of American tourists considering travel to Europe. As the tourism capital of America, in Florida, we understand how important it is to communicate effectively about any safety concerns to tourists. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, President Obama chose to continue watching a baseball game and doing ‘the wave’ with dictator Raul Castro. It is time for him to return home and lay out for the American people how he will combat terrorism in a way that will not only keep Americans safe at home, but also as they travel abroad. Florida is the perfect place for this address.”

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