Since he’s closing out on eight years of robust foreign policy leadership and a lack of interest in being a celebrity interested in tweets and selfies, the sober, always responsible Barack Obama today reflected on the possibility of a President Trump while on his apology tour in Asia.
Speaking at an international summit in Japan on Thursday, President Obama said world leaders were right to be “rattled” by Donald Trump.
“They are rattled by (him) — and for good reason,” said Obama of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The president was speaking on the sidelines of the Group of Seven conference, a two-day event focused on the global economy.
“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,” said Obama of Trump.
Wait, did he actually say ignorance of world affairs? We have a medieval death cult marching across the Mideast, he basically handed over nukes to Iran, he can’t find enough Communist regimes to grovel before, Afghanistan and Iraq are a mess, Russia is spreading its influence and oh, what the hell. Do we need to go on?
Really now, do we need a president with a cavalier attitude or one interested in getting tweets and headlines?
— President Obama (@POTUS) April 14, 2016
Say what you will about Trump, and we have little use for him, but who specifically are these “world leaders” concerned about Trump?
The president appeared to have more specifics to share in private. A reporter overheard snippets of a conversation between the president and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, with whom he has one of his closer relationships among world leaders, saying “Trump,” and then “what his mistake was…” but the reporter was unable to catch the rest.
At the press conference, Obama didn’t go into a detailed critique of Trump, but he said he shares the anxiety of world leaders about a potential Trump presidency.
“Things don’t roll together so well if the United States is not making good decisions,” Obama said.
When was the last time we made a good foreign policy decision?
¿Que bolá Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.
— President Obama (@POTUS) March 20, 2016
That went well, huh?