Obama 'More Concerned' with Threat of Nuclear Weapon Exploding in Manhattan Than with Russia

March 25, 2014 - 12:18 PM

At a news conference today, Pres. Obama said he's "much more concerned" with the threat of a nuclear weapon exploding in Manhattan than he is with Russia's aggression in the Ukraine.

Obama acknowledged that Russia is a problem, but said that he has bigger worries here at home in the U.S.:

"Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."

Obama made the comment to reporters while speaking alongside Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlandsat the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

Obama was responding to a question from Jonathan Karl of ABC News when he asked "Do you think Mitt Romney had a point when he said that Russia is America's biggest geo-political foe? If not Russia Who?"