Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump’s foreign policy credentials on Friday saying the presidential candidate “doesn’t know much about foreign policy” or “the world generally.”
During a press conference at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C., Obama was asked about Trump’s comments where the Republican front runner suggested allowing South Korea and Japan nuclear weapons. (RELATED: Trump Won’t Take Nukes In Europe Or Against ISIS Off The Table)
Obama said Trump “doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally.”
The current president continued, “I’ve said before that, you know, people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really important to the rest of the world. And even in those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to U.S. elections because they understand the president of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the world and has to put in place the kinds of policies that lead not only to our security and prosperity, but will have an impact on everybody else’s security and prosperity.”
Last Tuesday during a CNN town hall, Trump suggested he would be okay with Japan having nuclear weapons saying, “You have so many countries already — China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia — you have so many countries right now that have [nuclear weapons… Now, wouldn’t you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?” The week prior, during New York Times editorial board meeting, Trump suggested would like to see South Korea have nuclear weapons if it didn’t mean that the U.S. would have to continue to be the “policeman of the world.”
Then last Wednesday, Trump said, “I would never take any of my cards off the table” when asked about using nuclear weapons against ISIS or even in Europe.
This is not the first time Obama has slammed Trump or other Republican presidential candidates. In February, Obama said, “I think foreign observers are troubled by some of the rhetoric that’s been taking place in these Republican primaries and Republican debates.”
“I don’t think it’s restricted, by the way, to Mr. Trump,” Obama suggested. “I mean, I find it interesting that everyone’s focused on Trump, primarily just because he says in more interesting ways what the other candidates are saying as well.”