U.S. President Barack Obama addressed global concerns about Donald Trump during one of the year’s most prominent diplomatic events: the G7 summit.
The president said during a press conference on Thursday that world leaders have “good reason” to worry about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has proposed banning an entire religion of people from the U.S.
“A lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what is required to keep America safe,” Obama said.
He spoke earlier in the presser about the importance of maintaining stability in Asia, particularly when it comes to North Korea’s threats to build nuclear weapons. North Korea has already distanced itself from Trump, saying that his offer to meet with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is “useless.”
Syrian refugees are also expected to be on the agenda at this year’s meeting of the Group of Seven. While Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States discuss ways they can help alleviate the ongoing crisis, Trump has warned that refugees could carry out another 9/11-style attack and told Syrian children that “you can’t come here.”
Trump’s aggressive rhetoric has sparked backlash from many world leaders. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox referred to the businessman-turned-reality TV star as “the hated gringo,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called Trump “very stupid,” and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said that “if he came to visit our country, he’d unite us all against him.”
How’s that for diplomacy?
(via: Huffington Post)