President Barack Obama slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference in California on Feb. 16, saying he believes the real estate mogul won't be president.
"I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president," he said. "And the reason is that I have a lot of faith in the American people. Being president is a serious job. It's not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. It's not promotion, it's not marketing. It's hard. And a lot of people count on us getting it right."
Obama said the presidency isn't "a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day. And sometimes, it requires you making hard decisions even when people don't like it."
"Whoever's standing where I'm standing right now has the nuclear codes with them, and can order 21-year-olds into a firefight, and [has] to make sure that the banking system doesn't collapse, and is often responsible for not just the United States of America, but 20 other countries that are having big problems, or are falling apart and are gonna be looking for us to something," he said.
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"The American people are pretty sensible, and I think they'll make a sensible choice in the end."
Trump responded to Obama's comments at a rally in South Carolina.
"He has done such a lousy job as president," Trump said at a rally.
"You look at our budgets. You look at our spending. We can't beat ISIS. Obamacare is terrible. We're going to terminate it. We're going to absolutely terminate and replace it. I mean you look at everything. Our borders are like Swiss cheese."
The GOP front-runner had a message for Obama following his comments, saying he's "lucky" he didn't run in 2012 because he would've been a "one-term president."