Obama chides ‘wacky’ Trump after Putin jibe
He says Republican candidate is unqualified to be president
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.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to Matt Lauer during the Commander in Chief Forum in Manhattan, New York, on Wednesday/