President Barack Obama spoke with reporters at the close of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Asean summit in California Tuesday about the Republican field of candidates for President and in particular the front runner of the Republican candidates, Donald Trump. Trump continues to lead his opposition by double digits going in South Carolina after his impressive win in New Hampshire.
President Obama said of the field of Republican challengers that, “There is not a single candidate in the Republican primary that thinks we should do anything about climate change, that thinks it’s serious.” The President went on to say, “well that’s a problem. The rest of the world looks at that and says, ‘Well, how can that be?” President Obama went on without naming names but it was obvious from his statement he was speaking of Senator Marco Rubio, (FL), when he said that one of the candidates had once supported a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration, but was now “running away from it as fast as he can.”
President Obama saved his toughest words for the Republican front runner, Donald Trump. President Obama st”He may up the ante in anti-Muslim sentiment, but if you look at what the other Republican candidates have said, that’s pretty troubling too,” he said. ated that “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.” Continuing his thoughts on Donald Trump, “”It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing. It’s hard,” he said. “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, “ the President said.
The President said of Donald Trump, “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,” The President also said that the Republican field and in particular the anti-Muslim sentiment that Trump has addressed that “he may up the ante in anti-Muslim sentiment, but if you look at what the other Republican candidates have said, that’s pretty troubling too.”
Donald Trump responding to the President’s criticism said, “he has done such a lousy job as president,” Trump said to cheers. “You look at our budgets, you look at our spending, we can’t beat ISIS, Obama Care is terrible, we’re going to terminate it.” Trump went on to say “Our borders are like Swiss cheese. This man has done such a bad job. He has set us back so far. And for him to say that is actually a great compliment, if you want to know the truth.” Trump also said of the President that Obama is lucky that he didn’t have to run against Trump in 2012, because he would have been a one-term president.