For the first time since Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the Presidential race (making Donald Trump essentially the Republic nominee) Barack Obama has spoken out against his would-be successor.
Speaking to White House press corps yesterday, the President said:
“I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States.
Emphasizing the spectacle and the circus, thats not something we can afford”
Although he joked about Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, speaking this time, Obama was gravely serious as he warned about the damage that Trump could do:
“It’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past. Every candidate, every nominee has to be subjected to exacting stands and genuine scrutiny. That includes making sure their proposed budgets add up. If they dont, that needs to be reported on and the American people need to know that.
If they take a position on international issues that could threaten war, or has the potential of upending our critical relationships with other countries, or would potentially break the financial system, that needs to be reported on.”
When asked about Donald Trump’s (now viral) cinco de mayo tweet, Obama said that he didn’t pay attention to Trump’s tweets, and didn’t intend to start taking notice of them now.
Although it is probable that he will run for election as the Republican nominee, Trump is struggling to gain the support of other, high profile Republicans: both George W. Bush and his fatherGeorge H.W. Bush have refused to endorse Trump, as well as Mitt Romney.
As Obama said:
“Voters are going to have to take a decision if this is the guy that speaks for them and represents their values.Republican women voters are going to have to decide if that is the I feel comfortable with in representing me and what I care about.”