President Barack Obama has come out swinging against Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee's incendiary remarks that the White House has struck a nuclear arms deal that marches the Jewish state of Israel "to the door of the oven."
Huckabee has been criticized by fellow GOP president candidate Jeb Bush for the don’t-go-there Holocaust reference and Democrat Hillary Clinton said comments like his are “offensive and they have no place in our political dialogue.”
Obama dove deep into the controversy Monday, also lashing out at other brow-raising criticism of him -- and taking a swipe at GOP candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statements on Mexico and John McCain.
“Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now,” the President told reporters in Ethiopia, his latest stop on his historic trip to Africa.
"The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general pattern that we've seen that is -- would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad."