President Obama: “Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.”
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 2, 2016. During a joint press conference at the White House today by President Obama and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the President offered his strongest rebuke of Donald Trump saying the “Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.”
The President went on to say, “The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge of critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”
The President also had strong criticism of the Republican Party’s response to Trump’s statements particularly the recent comments he made about the Khan family. After Khizir Khan, whose son was killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq, said at last week’s Democratic National Convention that Trump had “sacrificed nothing,” Trump claimed he’d been “viciously attacked” and had a right to verbally assault the Khan family.
President Obama asked Republican leaders, “What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer? This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be a point at which you say, ‘This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party.’ ”
While many Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain have been highly critical of Trump’s remarks, to date, no one has withdrawn their support of the candidate. President Obama said these rebukes “ring hollow” without withdrawing their support of Trump.
“I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt they were outraged by some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family,” President Obama said. “But there has to come a point in which you say, ‘Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.’ “
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