In lieu of the customary joint world leader press conference, President Obama elected to hold a brief press availability Thursday morning, delivering brief remarks at the top and taking four questions from the press. Predictably, the subject of Donald Trump came up, and after a lengthy explainer on why other countries pay attention to U.S. elections, he got to the point:
I think it’s 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’re rattled by him. And for good reason, because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is that is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous, and what’s required to keep the world on an even keel.
With the Democratic primary still going on, President Obama is somewhat limited in the role he can play as campaigner-in-chief, but given the sort of voter who is supporting Donald Trump, rattling foreigners might not be the political liability that it sounds like.
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