President Barack Obama didn’t mince his words about Donald Trump’s grasp of world issues–or lack thereof.
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On Friday at a press conference for the Nuclear Security Summit, the president was asked for his reaction to some of Trump’s recent questionable foreign policy suggestions. According to NBC News, the GOP frontrunner said that U.S. allies Japan and South Korea manufacture their own nuclear weapons as a defense against North Korean aggression (both countries have dismissed the idea) and he refuses to rule out using nuclear weapons against Europe.
Obama didn’t use Trump’s name per se, but responded by saying, “tell us the person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally.”
“I said before that people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really important to the rest of the world. Even in those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to U.S. elections,” he added.
Trump’s lack of understanding around foreign policy has been a popular topic of conversation as of late.
Last week on NBC’s Meet The Press, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell blasted Trump saying that he is “completely uneducated” about the world. She also pointed out that when Trump doesn’t know the answer to a question he quickly makes it about himself and changes the subject.
Overall, it’s been a bad week for Trump as he’s made numerous potentially harmful gaffes about criminalizing abortion statements to national security, CNN noted, which may come back to haunt him. But of course, he shrugs off the criticisms.
“I don’t know that it’s been the worst week of my campaign,” Trump told CBS News in comments that will air Sunday on Face the Nation. “I think I’ve had many bad weeks and I’ve had many good weeks. I don’t see this as the worst week in my campaign.”