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Obama defends partisan speech hours after Navy Yard shooting

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In an interview Tuesday evening with the Spanish language network Telemundo, President Obama defended his partisan budget speech hours after the Navy Yard shooting.

Obama argued that he was in control of the situation, even as he berated Republicans.

“I think that everybody understands that the minute something like this happens, I’m in touch with the FBI, I’m in touch with my national security team, we’re making sure that all the assets are out there for us to deal with this as well as we can,” Obama said. “On the other hand, what is also important to remember is — is that — Congress has a lot of work to do right now. We don’t have a budget that’s passed."

Critics of Obama's partisan speech suggested that the hours after the shooting was a time for reflection and political unity.

Obama, however, said that the budget was a critical priority especially since some Republicans were arguing for a government shutdown.

"We’re hearing that — a certain faction of Republicans, in the House of Representatives in particular, are arguing for government shutdown or even a default for the United States of America, losing our financial credibility around the world if they don’t get 100 percent of what they want,” he said.

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