Stop Whin­ing, Obama Tells Trump

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United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has told Don­ald Trump to “stop whin­ing” as he re­jected his claim that next month’s White House elec­tion will be rigged. He said Mr Trump’s at­tempt to dis­credit a poll be­fore it has even taken place was “un­prece­dented” for a US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Also “un­prece­dented”, said Mr Obama, was the Repub­li­can can­di­date’s “flat­tery” of Rus­sia’s pres­i­dent. Mr Trump is fac­ing sink­ing poll num­bers and ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

The busi­ness­man-turned-politi­cian has claimed the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion will be “ab­so­lutely rigged” for Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton. But in a White House Rose Gar­den news con­fer­ence on Tuesday along­side visit­ing Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi, Mr Obama said his as­ser­tions were “based on no facts”. “I’d ad­vise Mr Trump to stop whin­ing and try to make his case to get votes,” Mr Obama said.

“By the way,” he added, “[it] doesn’t re­ally show the kind of lead­er­ship and tough­ness that you want out of a pres­i­dent, if you start whin­ing be­fore the game’s even over. “If when­ever things are go­ing badly for you and you lose you start blam­ing some­body else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.” Mr Obama also ad­dressed the Repub­li­can can­di­date’s ad­mir­ing re­marks about Vladimir Putin. “Mr Trump’s con­tin­ued flat­tery of Mr Putin and the de­gree to which he ap­pears to model much of his poli­cies and ap­proach to pol­i­tics on Mr Putin is un­prece­dented,” he said. His broadside comes a day af­ter Mr Trump said he would con­sider visit­ing Rus­sia be­fore tak­ing of­fice, if elected.

He told a talk-radio host: “If I win on Novem­ber 8, I could see my­self meet­ing with Putin and meet­ing with Rus­sia prior to the start of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.” BBC

Don­ald Trump.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

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