US President Barack Obama hammered home his belief that Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump would not be elected, knocking his reality show past and penchant for drawing media attention.
Obama did not limit his criticism to the billionaire real estate tycoon, hitting out at “troubling” statements from the entire GOP field of candidates seeking to replace him.
But he reserved his toughest remarks for Trump, offering a scathing assessment of why he thinks the American people will not elect him.
“I continue to believe that Mr Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people. And I think they recognize that being president is a serious job,” he told reporters in California yesterday.
“It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing. It’s hard,” he said on the sidelines of a summit with leaders and representatives of 10 Southeast Asian nations.
“It’s not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day. And sometimes it requires you making hard decisions, even when people don’t like it,” Obama continued.
He also noted the need to be “able to work with leaders around the world in a way that reflects the importance of the office.”
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