US president says concern is well-founded, accusing presumptive Republican nominee of ignorance and cavalier attitude.
Barack Obama has said foreign leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump and that he understands their unease given the Republican presidential nominee’s ignorance of global affairs.
Speaking at the G7 summit in Ise-Shima, central Japan, Obama said his fellow leaders were “surprised by the Republican nominee” and unsure how to respond to his brash style of politics.
“They are rattled by [him] and for good reason,” Obama said on Thursday. “Because a lot of the proposals he has 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 required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous, and what’s required to keep the world on an even keel.”
Obama, who is attending his last G7 summit as US president, contrasted the ideological polarization that has taken place among Republicans during Trump’s run for the White House with the inevitable bouts of “grumpiness” that have crept into the race between Clinton and Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
Obama’s appraisal of Trump’s foreign policy acumen is shared by many people living in countries friendly towards the US. In a new YouGov poll 62% of people polled in Britain said the views made them “concerned”, 75% said they “dislike or hate” his politics and 38% said his views made them feel “sick to the stomach”.
This is only the latest from the attacks on the presumptive Republican Nominee for the Elections in November. Previously there was an attack from Warren as well as from Clinton when she called Donald Trump ,,a bully in the pulpit,,.