President Obama is attending the G-7 summit in Japan, but even though he is far away from American shores, one of the topics he is being asked to comment on is the upcoming presidential election. On Thursday morning the president spoke with reporters, where he shared some thoughts on what world leaders think about the candidacy of Donald Trump.
The president said that world leaders are “surprised” by the presumptive GOP nominee and they are not sure whether they should take everything he says seriously. But the president didn’t stop there. He said that foreign heads of state are “rattled” by Trump. “And for good reason,” he said.
The president continued:
[A] lot of the proposals that he’s made display either an ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is that is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous.
In that one sentence, the president perfectly described the entire campaign of Donald J. Trump. He talks about making America “respected” again around the world, but what he really seems to be looking for is not respect, but fear. Which is exactly where we were during eight years of George W. Bush. Leaders of other countries, particularly those whose nations might be on the list of who to invade next, are rightfully worried. The rest of the world looks to America for steady, predictable leadership of the type that President Obama has brought back following the adventures of our last cowboy president. But now leaders and citizens other countries are considering the prospect that American voters may put a man in the White House who makes the policies of Bush seem level headed and rational.
As Bush proved, when the United States elects a bad president, it’s not just America and Americans who suffer.
Here’s video of President Obama’s comments, via YouTube:
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