Monday, February 22, 2016

President Obama: 'Donald Trump will not be president'

US President Barack Obama has said Republican hopeful Donald Trump would not win the presidency because it is a "serious job"

"I continue to believe that Mr Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people," said Mr Obama.
Mr Trump, a billionaire businessman, is the frontrunner in the race to be his party's choice for the White House.
He has won one state primary already, and leads the polls in South Carolina, where Republicans vote on Saturday.
Speaking at the Asean economic summit in California, the president was asked by a reporter about Mr Trump.
The electorate will not pick him, said Mr Obama, because "they recognise that being president is a serious job".
"It's not hosting a talk show or a reality show, it's not promotion, it's not marketing, it's hard. It's not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day."
Mr Trump responded by saying it was a compliment to be criticised by a president who had done so much damage to the country.
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Image captionDonald Trump leads the polls in South Carolina
The New York hotel developer's antipathy to Mr Obama goes back a number of years - he used to demand that the president produce proof that he was born in the US.
And his election campaign has continuously made headlines, for controversial remarks and policies.
Mr Trump said he would deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the southern border paid for by Mexico and that Muslims should be stopped from entering the US.

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His chief rival is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but one of his other rivals, the big-spending former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will be hoping for a better performance after disappointment in Iowa and New Hampshire.
On Tuesday, a tweet by Mr Bush depicting a gun engraved with his name, alongside the word "America", provoked a strong reaction online.
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