Barack Obama: Donald Trump Is ‘Unfit to Serve as President’

President Obama. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
President Obama. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama dismissed Donald Trump as “woefully unprepared” for the office of the presidency this morning, addressing reporters at the same time Trump held a campaign event in Loudon County, Virginia.

“I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said, speaking alongside Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong. “I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it. 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.”

Obama continued, saying that even though he fought hard against his opponents for the White House in past elections, he never doubted that they could safely execute the duties of the office of the presidency.

“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,” Obama said. “And had they won, I would have been disappointed but I would have said to all Americans, ‘This is our president, and I know they’re going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense – will observe basic decency, will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law that our government will work, and then we’ll compete four years from now to try to win an election.’ But that’s not the situation here.”

“And that’s not just my opinion – that’s the opinion of many prominent Republicans,” Obama continued. “There has to come a point at which you say: Enough. And the alternative is that the entire party, the Republican party, effectively endorses and validates the positions that are being articulated by Mr. Trump. And as I said in my speech last week, I don’t think that actually represents the views of a whole lot of Republicans out there.”

SOURCE: The Guardian – Scott Bixby