Donald Trump has assailed Democrats and Republicans alike in his quest for the White House -- electrifying a GOP base yearning for a political outsider -- and on Sunday he attacked President Obama's efforts to combat acts of terrorism like last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino.
“Until he admits that this is a problem, we're never going to solve the problem,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “But he's only going to be there, fortunately, a little bit more than a year. Because the problem will get solved when he gets the hell out.”
Trump remains the front-runner in the packed Republican field two months before voters in Iowa begin the nominating process.
He hammered Obama for his refusal to blame “radical Islamic terrorism” for the Islamic State attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last month, and the Dec. 2 massacre in San Bernardino that left 14 dead.
The White House avoids using the phrase in part because right-wing extremism has caused more deaths in the United States since 2001 than Muslim extremism, and partly because it seeks to avoid alienating the world's Muslims, including leaders of crucial allies in the Middle East.
Obama is scheduled to deliver a prime-time television address Sunday night to explain his strategy for keeping Americans safe and for defeating Islamic State.
Since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Trump’s campaign has focused largely on concerns about national security although he’s offered mostly vague details as to how to combat Islamic State.
Trump has made headlines in his vows to close mosques and create a database to register Muslims in the United States. On Sunday, he said the idea of profiling is valid considering the recent terrorist attacks.
“I think there can be profiling,” he said on “Face the Nation.” “If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn't want to call the police because they didn't want to be profiling, I think that's pretty bad. People are dead. A lot of people are dead right now. So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that's part of the problem that we have with our country.”
Trump’s comments have been rebuked by some of his GOP challengers.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also appearing on “Face the Nation,” said profiling of American Muslims is not needed.
"The fact is we don't need to be profiling in order to be able to get the job done here,” said Christie, who is polling toward the bottom of the crowded field of candidates. “What you need is a president who's had the experience and the know-how to do this and not someone who's just going to talk off the top of their head.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also rejected the need to profile.
“The director of the FBI has made it clear that there are hundreds of cases that they're monitoring, and we should redouble our efforts in that regard,” Bush said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We don't have to target the religion.”