The press conference at the White House with Obama and the prime minister of Singapore Tuesday morning was supposed to be about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement but Obama used it for a Trump-slamming fest instead.
At the press conference with Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, a reporter stood up and asked a question complete off-topic – and Obama grabbed the opportunity to sprew his disdain for the man who soon may take his seat in the oval office, almost as if he was already expecting the question.
The reporter asked, in part, “Given the Republican nominee’s recent comments about the Khan family…. Does it make you question his fitness to be president….?”
Obama responded that Trump is “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to be president, claiming that Trump “attacked a Gold Star family” and that he does not have basic knowledge around critical issues.
All the while the prime minister of Singapore stood nearby, hearing the entire episode.
OBAMA’S RANT AGAINST TRUMP: “I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week. He keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family, that [General] Hayden — had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he does not appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia.
It means that he is woefully unprepared. This is not just my opinion. What’s been interesting has been the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans. Including the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, prominent Republicans like John McCain.
The question they have to ask themselves is if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard bearer?
This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily, and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be a point in which you say, this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States. Even if he purports to be a member of my party. And, you know, the fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.
I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt that they were outraged about some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family. But there has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world. Because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right. And this is different than just having policy disagreements.
I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy. But you know, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed with but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president…
There has to come a point in 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.”
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