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Romney: Obama Shouldn’t Have Called Middle East Events ‘Bumps in the Road’

Last night, President Obama, asked about the “recent events in the Middle East,” said he had anticipated there being “bumps in the road.” In an interview today, Mitt Romney criticized Obama for that.

“I think the president’s comments on 60 Minutes last night were quite revealing,” Romney told ABC News. “His indication that developments in the Middle East represent bumps in the road is a very different view than I have. The president, uh, I can’t imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road, when you look at the entire context, The assassination,  the Muslim brotherhood president being elected in Egypt, 20,000 people killed in Syria, Iran close to becoming a nuclear nation these are far from being bumps in the road. They represent events that are spinning out of the kind of influence we’d like to have.”

“We’re at the mercy [of] events rather than shaping the events in the Middle East,” Romney added. “And the president doesn’t have time to actually spend time with leaders of these nations particularly Bibi Netanyahu, I find that very troubling.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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