In Pre-SOTU Interview, President Obama Scoffs at Possibility of Trump Winning Election, VP Biden Not So Much

President Obama says his policies didn’t help inspire the rise of Donald Trump, and he doubts the businessman will succeed him in the White House.

“Talk to me if he wins,” Obama told NBC’s Today show in a pre-State of the Union interview broadcast Tuesday. “Then we’ll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it.”

Obama made it clear he doesn’t think that will happen, telling Today‘s Matt Lauer that most voters don’t want “simplistic solutions” and “scapegoats” designed to divide the nation. “I’m pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears,” Obama said.

In sum, Obama said “anything’s possible,” but in the long run he can’t see Donald Trump ever delivering a State of the Union Address. “I can imagine it in a Saturday Night (Live) skit,” Obama said.


During its broadcast from the White House, Today also asked Vice President Biden about Trump.

While the Republican front-runner has been “divisive” and “that’s not healthy,” Biden said “yes, I think it’s possible” that Trump could win the presidential election.

“I hope that if that were to occur — I hope it doesn’t because I have fundamentally different views than he does — I’d hope that he gets a lot more serious about the issues, a lot more serious about gaining knowledge about how this nation functions and foreign policy and domestic policy,” Biden said.

“But look,” Biden said, “that’s a long way off.”


SOURCE: USA Today – David Jackson