Politics

Ahead Of Debate, Barack Obama Jabs Donald Trump: 'America Is Great Right Now'

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
President Barack Obama.President Barack Obama.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been running under the slogan "Make America Great Again," which some would argue is about as vague as his stance on the issues besides immigration reform — the only platform mentioned on Trump's campaign website. 

Ahead of the Sept. 16 Republican presidential debate, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to take a jab at Trump, The Hill reported. "America is great right now,” he said, without naming Trump. “America is winning right now.”

Obama, who made the remark at a meeting of the Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C., added: “There is nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America.”

The president also commented that the rhetoric Republican candidates use was unsubstantial. “In the echo chamber that is presidential politics, everything is dark and everything is terrible,” Obama said. “They don’t seem to offer many solutions for the disasters that they perceive.”

Despite Obama’s jabs, White House press secretary Josh Earnest claimed he wasn’t singling out Trump — instead, Obama’s comments "apply to a significant number of candidates in the Republican field.”

Earnest added: “I’m confident that the president won’t watch the debate tonight.”

Sources: The Hill, Donald Trump / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr