President Barack Obama assured high-spending donors during a April 7 Los Angeles fundraiser that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will not be his successor.
The president has offered withering statements on the business mogul throughout the 2016 presidential election. Most recently, he slammed Trump’s plan to block remittance payments to Mexico to pressure its government to pay for his proposed border wall, The Washington Times reports.
During the April 5 daily White House briefing, Obama told reporters that American voters would not support Trump in the general election because “they don’t expect half-baked notions coming out the White House," POLITICO reports.
"We can’t afford that," he added.
The business mogul fired back by saying in an April 6 interview with Fox News that Obama’s “whole administration is half-baked."
On April 7, President Obama attended a political fundraiser in Bel-Air, California, to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he again slammed Trump.
The fundraiser was hosted by Walt Disney Studios chairman and his wife, Alan and Cindy Horn. The gathering was populated with Hollywood celebrities like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, J.J. Abrams, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Los Angeles Times reports.
With tickets selling for $15,000 to $66,800 per couple, the fundraiser was an effort to raise money for Democratic candidates hoping to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I recognize that there is a deep obsession right now about Mr. Trump,” Obama told the crowd, ABC News reports.
"And one of you pulled me aside and squeezed me hard and said, 'Tell me ... that Mr. Trump is not succeeding you!,'" the president recounted. "And I said, 'Mr. Trump's not succeeding me.'"
President Obama added that the more controversial policy positions of Trump and his rival candidate, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, were not on the fringe of the GOP.
“Mr. Trump has actually done a service as Mr. Cruz is doing a service and that is laying bare, unvarnished some of the nonsense that we have been dealing with in Congress on a daily basis,” President Obama said, according to ABC News. “People act as if these folks are outliers, but they are not!”
The president added: "We should thank Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz for just being honest that this is how we're thinking these days, or not thinking these days. But it gives you a sense of what's at stake in this election."
The president concluded with, “Let’s get to work.”