Washington: United States President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Republican nominee Donald Trump asking him to not treat the contest for the US presidency as a mere ‘reality’ show and called on the voters to examine the business mogul’s records.
According to CNN, the President asked reporters and voters yesterday to deeply scrutinize at the record Trump, who became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee this week.
“He has a long record that needs to be examined. I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past. I just want to emphasize the degree of which we are in serious times, and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States,” Obama said.
Hitting indirectly on the lack of detail of Trump’s policies, the President urged the media and voters to vet candidates’ policies.
The President issued a warning to the media, emphasizing the impact their reporting could have on voters.
“What I’m concerned about is the degree to which reporting and information starts emphasizing the spectacle of the circus because that’s not something we can afford. And the American people, they’ve got good judgment, they have good instincts, as long as they as have good information,” Obama said.
Echoing the President’s sentiment, Hillary Clinton asserted on the need to ask follow-up questions when the presumptive Republican nominee declines to give details.
Speaking of the Affordable Care Act Clinton said, “Donald Trump says he is going to repeal it. Somebody should ask, ‘What are you going to replace it with?’ and if the answer is ‘something great,’ there should be at least a follow-up question, don’t you think?”
Secretary of State John Kerry also called out Trump on Friday in his commencement address at Northeastern University saying, “You are the most diverse class in Northeastern’s history – in other words, you are Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.” (ANI)