From the beginning, when Obama bristled at being tied to a timeline for the results of his air strike policy against ISIS, Kroft interrupted the president and challenged Obama’s broad, hazy statements.
Citing Obama’s own words that America is the leader, Kroft asked Obama about Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s recent military escalation in Syria, in which he said Russia is, “bombing the people that we are supporting.”
Obama started winding up for an answer about Ukraine.
“He’s challenging your leadership, Mr. President,” Kroft interjected. “He’s challenging your leadership.”
“My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris,” Obama said. “My definition of leadership is mobilizing the entire world community to make sure that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.”
Obama and Kroft also sparred over a U.S. program in Syria to train 5,000 moderate Syrian rebels. A top U.S. general has said barely a handful of fighters actually took up arms. The program was discontinued last week…