‘This is not a re­al­ity show,’ Obama tells Trump

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON —U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama warned that oc­cu­py­ing the Oval Of­fice “is not a re­al­ity show,” in a swipe at out­spo­ken Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump who is vy­ing to re­place him in the White House.

Fight­ing with Obama is a bat­tle Trump would likely rel­ish as he tries to rally sup­port within his own party. Dur­ing hard-fought Repub­li­can pri­mary cam­paigns, the bil­lion­aire de­lighted in re­spond­ing to at­tacks from ri­vals and found that his sup­port grew when he lashed out at his op­po­nents.

Asked about Trump at a me­dia brief­ing in the White House, Obama called on the press and pub­lic to weigh past state­ments by the Repub­li­can but did not point to any spe­cific is­sues or re­marks.

“This is not en­ter­tain­ment,” Obama said, a ref­er­ence to Trump’s tele­vi­sion back­ground. “This is not a re­al­ity show. This is a con­test for the pres­i­dency of the United States,” he said.

Some top Repub­li­can lead­ers - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan among them - are still ex­press­ing wari­ness about Trump, who be­came the party’s pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee this week when two Repub­li­can ri­vals dropped out of the White House race. For­mer Florida Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush, who ran un­suc­cess­fully for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion, posted on Face­book that he will not vote for Trump - one of the sharpest slights yet against the New York real es­tate mogul by a se­nior Repub­li­can.—Reuters

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