Obama chides ‘wacky’ Trump af­ter Putin jibe

He says Repub­li­can can­di­date is un­qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent

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BBC/ US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has chided Don­ald Trump as “wacky” and “un­in­formed” af­ter the Repub­li­can can­di­date said Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Putin is a bet­ter leader.

Speak­ing in Laos, Obama said ev­ery time Trump speaks, it be­comes clearer the Repub­li­can con­tender is not qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent.

In a tele­vised fo­rum on Wed­nes­day, Trump praised Putin’s “great con­trol” and 82 per cent ap­proval rat­ing.

Trump and ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton had taken ques­tions from mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. Obama said: “I don’t think the guy’s qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent of the United States and ev­ery time he speaks, that opin­ion is con­firmed.” He pointed to the diplo­matic work he faced at both the Asean sum­mit in Laos and the ear­lier G20 meet­ing in China.

“I can tell you from the in­ter­ac­tions I have had over the last eight or nine days with for­eign lead­ers that this is se­ri­ous busi­ness. You ac­tu­ally have to know what you are talk­ing about and you ac­tu­ally have to have done your home­work. When you speak, it should ac­tu­ally re­flect thought-out-pol­icy you can im­ple­ment,” Obama said.

Trump told the fo­rum in New York that the Rus­sian pres­i­dent has “been a leader far more than our pres­i­dent has been”. Quizzed by NBC host Matt Lauer on his pre­vi­ous com­pli­men­tary re­marks about Putin, Trump re­sponded: “He does have an 82 per cent ap­proval rat­ing.” “I think when he calls me ‘bril­liant’, I’ll take the com­pli­ment, okay?” Trump said.

REUTERS

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump speaks to Matt Lauer dur­ing the Com­man­der in Chief Fo­rum in Man­hat­tan, New York, on Wed­nes­day/

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