During a press conference from the G7 summit in Japan, President Obama touched on the subject of the US presidential race. More specifically, he addressed the concern that world leaders are evidently feeling about Republican front runner Donald Trump.
“They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements but they are rattled by them,” Obama said. “Because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what is required to keep America safe.”
“The world pays attention to U.S. elections,” he added. “They pay more attention to our elections sometimes than we pay to theirs. The U.S. is … at the heart of the international order and even those countries that are critical of us…know that ultimately things don’t hold together so well if the U.S. isn’t making good decisions and they count on us to provide stability when making global decisions.”
Obama was also questioned regarding the division the election year seems to be having on the Democratic party. He brushed it off and attributed it to candidates becoming “grumpy” due to the nature of election season and predicted that once the election is over the party will come together. He also dismissed the notion that the race will become more difficult after the Democratic nominee has been selected.
“Arguing against your friends is more draining than arguing against political opponents,” he said.
Although he stated that both of the Democratic candidates are “good people,” he is still expressing unwillingness to promote one over the other.