The Corner

Feinstein to Obama: Stop the Fundraisers and Focus on Global Crises

Listing the numerous global crises currently facing the United States, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) questioned whether President Obama is devoting enough attention to these issues rather than focusing on political fundraisers and events.

“This is a very hard time,” she said on MSNBC on Monday, referencing the ongoing civil war in Syria, the continued push by ISIS in Iraq, the state of Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Gaza–Israel conflict, and the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. “I’m not going to tell the president what to do, but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter, and I think there ought to be increased attention.”

Feinstein’s call for Obama to be more focused and attentive comes as he is set to go on a three-day trip to the West Coast for Democratic fundraisers in Seattle, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

“I think the leader of the free world has to be strong, and this is a time where strength is necessary,” Feinstein added. “I don’t think this should just slide from the viewers’ screen.”

On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Feinstein warned that U.S.-Russia relations were “at Cold War levels.”

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