President Barack Obama Strikes back at Donald Trump

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[Editor’s note: Obama is right, every time Trump opens his mouth he provides further proof that he is in no way qualified to be president. Obama is also right about how US elections bring out a side of the American people that at other times would be seen as completely unacceptable; Trump is also guilty of such behaviour, in fact, he has built his campaign around such behaviour. Ian]

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Asharq Al-Awsat
President Barack Obama Strikes back at Donald Trump

President Barack Obama struck back at the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday at a news conference in Laos after a three-day visit to Southeast Asia, stressing that Trump is unsuitable for office and warning that his behavior is unacceptable and should not be normalized in the 2016 election cycle.

“There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season where somehow behavior that in normal times we consider completely unacceptable and outrageous becomes normalized and people think we ought to be grading on a curve” said Obama.

Obama’s words came after the Republican nominee blasted U.S. military brass and praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin during a televised forum where he said that Putin is “far more” of a leader than Obama.

“It’s a very different system, and I don’t happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader,” said Trump.

President Obama said that he doesn’t think Trump is qualified to be president of the United States. “Every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed,” said Obama.

“You actually have to know what you are talking about and you actually have to have done your homework. When you speak, it should actually reflect thought out policy you can implement,” added the U.S. president.

Trump has previously angered many in the military community with mocking remarks against U.S. Senator and former prisoner of war John McCain for being captured in Vietnam.

Obama is expected hit the campaign trail with Democratic nominee and former first lady Hillary Clinton when he returns to the United States, with voter turnout likely to be a key theme.

The president emphasized that he believes the American public will examine Trump’s contradictory track record “and make a good decision.”

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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