Obama: World Leaders 'Rattled' By Trump

| by Nik Bonopartis
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Donald Trump is more interested in getting retweets and headlines than he is about selling voters on the idea that he's qualified to be leader of the free world, according to President Barack Obama.

Obama made the comments, blasting what he said was the Republican nominee's "ignorance of world affairs," from Japan, where he was attending an economic summit. Without dropping names, the president said other heads of state are worried by the prospect of Trump succeeding him, according to the Associated Press.

"They are rattled by it — and for good reason," Obama said on May 26. "Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines."

Obama told reporters that questions about Trump have become a regular part of his dealings with foreign leaders, adding that he assures them he believes Trump won't win the presidency.

Leaders of other world powers, the president said, are worried about Trump's blunt talk about banning Muslim immigrants, starting trade wars, and allowing countries like Japan and South Korea to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.

As the New York Times noted, Trump has come out forcefully in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal with 12 signatory countries that would have wide-ranging impacts on trade, foreign policy and intellectual property rights.

Trump isn't the only one who opposes the deal -- after originally praising the TPP, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said she now opposes the partnership. Groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to civil rights in the digital world, warn that the TPP will favor large corporations over individuals, restricting freedom of expression and "hindering people's ability to innovate."

Obama has been reluctant to comment on the ongoing face-off between fellow Democrats Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has continued his primary campaign despite calls for Democratic unity.

But the president has made his feelings known on the Republican side and said foreigners have a right to be concerned about the U.S. elections because the results could impact them.

"The world pays attention to U.S. elections," Obama added during his May 26 remarks, per CNN. "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."

Sources: AP via Oregon Live, New York TimesCNN, Electronic Frontier Foundation / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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