- The Washington Times - Friday, July 22, 2016

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called out President Obama late Friday for giving a rosy view of world affairs at nearly the same hour that suspected terrorists were attacking again, this time in Germany.

Mr. Gingrich, an adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, said on Twitter, “How does President Obama square his comments today about sun shining and birds singing and no one should be afraid with the Munich attack?”

He was referring to Mr. Obama poking fun at Mr. Trump Friday for painting too dark a picture of the world.

Referring to Mr. Trump’s “vision of violence and chaos everywhere” that he outlined Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, Mr. Obama said with a smile at a White House press conference, “I mean, I hope people, the next morning, walked outside and birds were chirping and the sun was out, and this afternoon people will be watching their kids play in sports teams and go to the swimming pool, and folks are going to work and getting ready for the weekend.”

The president was talking about conditions in the U.S., but less than an hour later, reports began to emerge of gunmen shooting civilians at a shopping mall in Munich. At least nine people have been killed.

The president told a group of police officers at the White House later in the day, “We have gone through a really tough time these last couple of weeks on a whole bunch of fronts.”

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