President Barack Obama speaking at the G7 summit in Ise-Shima, Japan said that fellow world leaders are “rattled” by the popularity of the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump, who has no political experience, has made several controversial comments, such as a temporary ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S., potentially using nuclear weapons, and offensive remarks about women. Obama stated that world leaders were “surprised by the Republican nominee” and are unsure of how to respond to him.
“I think it’s fair to say they are surprised by the Republican nominee, they are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements, but they’re rattled by him, and for good reason,” President Obama said.
The president goes to suggest that Donald Trump is more interested in getting attention from the press rather than doing what’s best for the American people.
“A lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines, instead of actually thinking through what it is that’s required to keep America safe, secure and prosperous, and what’s required to keep the world on an even keel.”
Pres Obama says Trump is more interested in getting tweets & headlines than thinking through how to keep USA safehttps://t.co/1XFLDnLaWo— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) May 26, 2016
The 42nd G7 summit was attended by some of the world’s most powerful leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Some of these politicians have previously commented on their distaste for Donald Trump. David Cameron has referred to Trump as “divisive, stupid and wrong” on his suggestion that the United States puts a temporary ban on all 1.6 billion Muslims, who amount to about 22 percent of the world population.
Trump has also stated that he will pull U.S forces from Japan and South Korea if they do not pay more and that they should get their own nuclear weapons.
According to a CNN report, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida responded, “It is impossible that Japan will arm itself with nuclear weapons.”
Barack Obama also hints at a political crisis or strained foreign relations if the United States makes poor decisions.
“Things don’t roll together so well if the United States is not making good decisions,” said President Obama regarding Trump.
Obama, who is enjoying his highest job approval since 2013, did not go into detail about the Democratic battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Mr. Obama suggests that the party unifies and sticks to issues concerning the country rather than making personal jabs.
According to Politico, Trump national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson states that she acknowledges world leaders are “rattled, because the gravy train ends if Mr. Trump becomes president.”
“There are several problems we have inside our country that needs to be addressed,” Pierson said. “Meanwhile, we have trade deficits, we’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars in defense for countries whose are using that money essentially for socialism.”
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won the Washington state primary and have been attacking each other on social media, ads, and in speeches.
Barack Obama says Donald Trump is 'rattling' world leaders https://t.co/KfXChk8KEa— The Guardian (@guardian) May 26, 2016
The G7 summit discussed concerns such as the European refugee crisis, gender equality, terrorism, the economy, and the EU referendum. Talks included resettlement schemes for migrants and more efficient support for refugees. Women’s empowerment and funding the war against terrorism was also on the agenda.
Obama plans to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city on which the United States dropped an atomic bomb during of World War II.
Donald Trump is yet to personally respond to Barack Obama’s comments.
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