Obama: Leaders Around the Globe 'Rattled' by Trump

'For good reason,' the president says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2016 10:27 AM CDT
Obama: Leaders Around the Globe 'Rattled' by Trump
In this photo taken May 6, 2016, President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Now that President Obama has settled on his next home, he's moving on to how leaders all over the world feel about a possible President Trump, ABC News reports. "They are paying very close attention to this election," Obama said Wednesday from Japan after attending G7 summit meetings, relaying the tenor of recent conversations he's had with said leaders. "They are surprised by the Republican nominee. They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements, but they're rattled by him, and for good reason."

That reason: because Trump demonstrates "ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines, instead of actually thinking through what it is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous," Obama continued. The president has said previously that the subject of Trump now crops up in every single one of his meetings overseas and that he's got to put leaders' minds at rest by telling them he doesn't think Trump will ever make it to the White House, the AP notes. (How will Trump fare in his knowledge of world affairs if he debates Bernie Sanders?)

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