Touring Asia, President Obama said Thursday world leaders are "rattled" by the political rise of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. AP reports that Obama made these comments on the "sidelines" of the G-7 meeting in Japan.
"They are rattled by it — and for good reason," Obama said. "Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines."
"I think it's fair to say they are surprised by the Republican nominee," Obama said.
Obama also attempted to ally concerns about the ongoing Democratic primary fight between Bernie Sanders and likely nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama said people just get "grumpy." Obama also said his party was less divided and not ideologically at war, unlike the Republicans.
"During primaries, people get a little grumpy with each other. Somebody's supporter pops off and there's a certain buildup of aggravation," Obama said. "Every little speed bump, conflict trash-talking that takes place is elevated."
He also urged both Clinton and Sanders to "stick to the issues," a possible allusion to concerns about process and side firefights like ousting Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Obama also lamented that the campaign had been dominated by "personalities and character."
Obama has not endorsed in this primary cycle, but is highly speculated to favor Clinton, his former secretary of state.
Obama is set to visit Hiroshima, Japan tomorrow, in remembrance of the U.S. nuclear bombing of the city in World War II; he is not expected to apologize for the attack, however.Source: usnews.com