WATCH IT: The President Takes On The Florida Pastor Set To Burn The Quran
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday said a Florida church's plans to burn dozens of Qurans this weekend would be a "recruitment bonanza" for al Qaeda.
"You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan," Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America."
"This could increase the recruitment of individuals who'd be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities."
Obama said he hoped the pastor, Terry Jones, understands that the planned burning is a "destructive act" that may have a dangerous fallout.
"I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan. We're already seeing protests against Americans just by the mere threat of it," Obama said.
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