Obama: Give Trump time

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

LIMA: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama did in Latin Amer­ica what he tried to do in Europe: tell wor­ried cit­i­zens not to draw neg­a­tive con­clu­sions about the man he once called un­fit to serve in the White House, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

In the last stop of an in­ter­na­tional farewell tour that in­cluded vis­its to Greece and Ger­many, Obama con­tin­ued his ef­forts to calm anx­i­eties since the Repub­li­can busi­ness­man won on Nov 8.

“My main mes­sage to you ... and the mes­sage I de­liv­ered in Europe is don’t just as­sume the worst,” Obama told a group of young peo­ple dur­ing a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion in Peru yes­ter­day.

“Wait un­til the ad­min­is­tra­tion is in place, it’s ac­tu­ally putting its poli­cies to­gether, and then you can make your judge­ments as to whether or not it’s con­sis­tent with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s in­ter­est in liv­ing in peace and pros­per­ity to­gether.”

Trump won the elec­tion af­ter promis­ing to build a wall on the US bor­der with Mex­ico, rip up trade deals and ban Mus­lims tem­po­rar­ily from en­ter­ing the US.

Obama has sought to soothe fears by pledg­ing to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of power and ex­press­ing op­ti­mism that the pres­i­dent-elect would shift away from in­flam­ma­tory cam­paign rhetoric once he faced the re­al­i­ties of the job.

“It will be im­por­tant for ev­ery­body around the world to not make im­me­di­ate judge­ments but give this new pres­i­den­t­elect a chance to put their team to­gether, to ex­am­ine the is­sues, to de­ter­mine what their poli­cies will be, be­cause as I’ve al­ways said, how you cam­paign isn’t al­ways the same as how you gov­ern,” Obama said. – Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.