U.S. President Obama tells a news conference in Manila that any attempts to block entry of Syrian refugees to the United States is ''offensive and contrary to American values.'' He said he could see no more potent a recruitment tool for ISIL ''than some of the rhetoric that's been coming out of here during the course of this debate.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: Speaking to reporters at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, President Obama, accused politicians at home of trying to score political points with regard their response to the Paris attacks and the implications for refugees being allowed into U.S.. "We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic. We don't make good decisions if it's based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks," he said, occasionally showing flashes of anger. "I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that's been coming out of here during the course of this debate," he said, referring to another name for Islamic State. Obama said refugees are screened for 18 to 24 months before being cleared to enter the United States, with the intelligence community fully vetting applicants. U.S. lawmakers called on Wednesday for even tighter scrutiny of Syrian refugees fleeing to the United States as last week's deadly Paris attacks recast America's debate over immigration and national security.