WATCH: Obama Says Trump Won’t Be President
(ABC News) — President Obama said today that he does not believe GOP frontrunner Donald Trump will make it to the White House, but the real estate mogul took the remark as a compliment, saying Obama has done a “lousy job.”
“I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president,” Obama said while speaking at a press conference in Rancho Mirage, California. “And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people.”
Obama told reporters he believed Americans still see the presidency as “a serious job.”
“It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. It’s not promotion, it’s not marketing,” Obama said. “It’s hard and a lot of people count on us getting it right.”
Obama did not, however, answer whether he believed Trump was capable of securing the GOP nomination.
The president also took a shot at the rest of the GOP field, saying “foreign observers are troubled” by the GOP’s rhetoric, specifically the doubting of climate change and proposals to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Trump, speaking at a campaign event in South Carolina, immediately hit back, saying Obama is doing a “lousy job.”
“He has set us back so far, and for him to actually say that is a great compliment, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said.
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