US President Barack Obama should “immediately” step down following the deadly attack at a nightclub in Florida, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says.
Trump made the comments in the wake of the Sunday terror attack by a Daesh sympathizer at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, that killed 50 people and injured another 53, marking the worst mass shooting in America’s history.
The gunman, identified by US media as an alleged Daesh sympathizer named Omar Mateen, took hostages at the club and barricaded himself in the complex but was later killed by specially trained SWAT units.
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace,” the New York businessman said on his Twitter account.
“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective,” Trump said in another tweet, adding, “I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough.”
Trump, who has made a reputation for his Islamophobic remarks, has proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US. He has also called for special IDs as well as a national database to better track Muslim Americans.
The former reality TV star said earlier on Sunday that the incident proved him right “on radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart,” he told his Twitter following.
Obama denounced the mass shooting as an act of terror and hatred, ordering the American flag lowered to half mast to honor the victims.
“Although it is early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” the president added.
Daesh later on claimed responsibility for the attack, according to media outlets affiliated with the terror group.