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Thursday, May 26, 2016

World leaders worry about erratic Donald Trump ignorance at G7 in Japan

Donald Trump cannot lead the free world when the international community is concerned about his difficult and erratic behavior.
President Barack Obama explained Donald Trump as a "surprise" Republican nominee.  In fact, Republicans have a patriotic responsibility to nominate a candidate who is qualified to run for leader of the free world.

Rattling World Leaders

Ask about the reaction of world leaders to Trump, Obama said: “The world pays attention to the US elections ... I think it is fair to say that they are surprised by the Republican nominee.

“They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements, but they are rattled by him and for good reason, because a lot of the proposals that he has made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually think through what it it that is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous, and what’s required to keep the world on an even keel.”

JAPAN- President Barack Obama said foreign leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump and have good reason to be, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs.

Weighing in on the Democratic race to replace him, Obama also downplayed concerns that the protracted fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is hurting his party’s chances, brushing off their escalating attacks as the inevitable “grumpiness” of a primary campaign.

President Obama’s assessment of the presidential campaign came on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Japan, the latest world gathering to be coloured by global concerns about Trump. 

Obama said foreign leaders at the conference were “surprised by the Republican nominee” and unsure how seriously to take his pronouncements.

“They are rattled by it and for good reason,” Obama said. “Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines.”

In a news conference, Obama brushed off calls for Sanders and Clinton to quickly resolve the primary to allow Democrats to unite behind one candidate, arguing that unlike the Republicans, this year’s Democratic candidates were not that ideologically divided. He likened the Clinton-Sanders campaign battle to the one he waged with Clinton in 2008.

“During primaries, people get a little grumpy with each other. Somebody’s supporter pops off and there’s a certain buildup of aggravation,” Obama said. “Every little speed bump, conflict trash-talking that takes place is elevated.”

He urged both Democratic candidates to “try to stick to the issues”, adding that the grumpiness often stemmed from voters’ frustration when the campaign instead became dominated by talk about “personalities and character”.

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