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‘I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,’ Obama said today at a news conference. ‘I said so last week and he keeps on proving it’
Obama referenced Khizr and Ghazala Khan in his assessment – the Gold Star family who spoke out against Trump at the Democratic convention
President was asked about Trump in the context of his erroneous statement that Russia will not invade Ukraine – even though it already has
He called on Republicans to disavow Trump entirely over his gaffes
And he said if Russia really did hack the DNC’s emails, it’s just one more thing he’ll have to discuss with Putin on an already long list
Trump: Obama-Clinton…destabilized the Middle East, handed Iraq, Libya and Syria to ISIS, and allowed’ Americans ‘to be slaughtered’ in Benghazi’
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he has serious doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to serve as commander in chief and prominent Republicans should, too, after his latest gaffes.
‘Yes. I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,’ Obama said today at a news conference. ‘I said so last week and he keeps on proving it.’
Barking at the billionaire he said, ‘The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country. The fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues, in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job. ‘
Trump barked back with a statement that characterized as Obama’s eight years in office as ‘failed leadership.’ He later said he’d go down as the ‘worst president in history.’
‘Obama-Clinton have single-handedly destabilized the Middle East, handed Iraq, Libya and Syria to ISIS, and allowed our personnel to be slaughtered at Benghazi,’ he said.
Jotting down all the areas of disagreement he shares with the president and Democrats’ White House candidate, Trump said, ‘Hillary Clinton has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.’
He said in an interview with ABC News’ Washington, D.C. affiliate, ‘Well, he’s a terrible president. He’ll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country. He’s been a total disaster.’
Trump also said he wasn’t bothered by Obama maligning him. ‘No, I think it just means he’s concerned that I’m gonna win,’ he told ABC 7’s Scott Thuman.
The sitting president was afforded the opportunity to tear into Trump Tuesday afternoon at a joint press conference with the prime minister of Singapore when a reporter asked for his opinion on Trump’s ‘fitness’ to succeed him.
Twice in one interview Trump made statements that have come back to haunt him, the first of which concerned a Muslim-American family that lost their son in Iraq, and the second involving Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
Obama called on Republican leaders to disavow their party’s nominee over his dispute with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the husband and wife that stood up to Trump at the Democratic convention.
He said doesn’t doubt that Republicans are sincerely ‘outraged’ by Trump’s comments,
‘But there has to come a point in which you say, somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgement, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world,’ he said, ‘because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right.’
The two-term president said his opposition to Trump replacing him at this point goes beyond policy differences, and he did not have these concerns about his 2008 and 2012 Republican opponents, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
‘I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president,’ he said. ‘I think I was right and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn’t do the job.’
If either of them had won, ‘I would have been disappointed, but I would have said…to all Americans this is our president,’ the Democrat stated.
Obama said he does not have the same confidence that Trump will ‘abide by certain norms and rules and common sense’ that go along with being president or that he would ‘observe basic decency.’
‘That’s not the situation here,’ he professed. ‘And this is not just my opinion, I think what’s been interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans,’ he said, that include Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader and other prominent Republicans such as Senator McCain.
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