Former President Barack Obama
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Obama Slams Trump During Speech In Indonesia

| by Jonathan Constante
Former President Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama may have taken a shot at President Donald Trump while speaking in Indonesia.

Mr. Obama spoke at the opening of the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora on July 1, The Inquisitr reported. There, he seized the opportunity to talk about climate change and Trump's decision to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership, can still give our children a fighting chance," Mr. Obama said.

The former president reiterated on the importance of countries working together to confront the "the real challenges" of the world.

“The challenges of our times, whether it’s economic inequality, changing climate, terrorism, mass migration; these are real challenges and we’re going to have to confront them together,” he continued.

Mr. Obama also spoke on the importance Indonesia protecting its democratic systems and values.

“The spirit of this country has to be one of tolerance," the former president added. "It’s enshrined in Indonesia’s constitution, it’s symbolized by mosques and temples and churches beside each other. That spirit is one of the defining things about Indonesia. It is one of the most important characteristics to set as an example for other Muslim countries around the world.”

The former president urged people to disregard information published in partisan newspapers and biased news networks. He also warned about the danger of social media becoming a breeding ground for bigotry.

Mr. Obama grew up in Jakarta. He was on a 10-day vacation in the country with his wife, Michelle Obama, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

The former first family was welcomed into the Bogor Palace in West Java by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on July 1.

During their stay, the Obamas visited local historical sites and temples, including the Buddhist complex, Borobudur, and the Hindu temple of Prambanan. They also made some time to go river rafting in the island of Bali.

While Mr. Obama singled out partisan news outlets in Indonesia, Trump took to Twitter to talk about the United States media.

"The dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!" Trump tweeted on July 2.

"At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!" the president tweeted the next day.

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