U.S. President Barack Obama stated that it was unlikely that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America.
Obama, while doing an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” said that Trump is a “classic reality TV character” and that his Presidential campaign for the nomination of the Republican Party has shown the full discord in the establishment and the real problems they have.
According to Reuters, Obama stated “He is a great publicity seeker and at a time when the Republican Party hasn’t really figured out what it’s for as opposed to what it’s against.”
Trump began his politically incorrect campaign with statements against immigration and aroused conservative Republicans that are mainly anti-immigrant. He vowed that he would build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico to stop Mexican “criminals” and “rapists” from entering the country and “bringing diseases”. He also vowed to stop any comprehensive immigration policy and would deport 11 million illegal immigrants, as well as amending the legislation that gives birthright citizenship to people born in the United States, in order to stop what he derogatorily calls “anchor babies”.
According to Reuters, President Obama said that Trump has tackled something that “exists in the Republican Party that’s real. I think there is a genuine anti-immigrant sentiment in the large portion of at least Republican primary voters.”
The real estate mogul and TV personality has been in the public eye for many years often making controversial statements. Obama noted that it was not a surprise that Trump has such a successful lead in the Republican primaries, but does not consider him a possible Republican nominee for the White House.
According to Reuters, Obama stated “He is, you know, the classic reality TV character.” When asked about Trump getting the nomination, Obama replied with “I’ll leave it up to the pundits to make that determination. I don’t think he’ll end up being President of the United States.”
The interview also included Hillary Clinton’s email use during her tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama administration and Obama praised Clinton as a great Secretary who never broke any rules and shared his thought on the email controversy stating that he was no aware of her using her private email server, but she categorically did not pose any national security threat.
According to Reuters, Obama defended Clinton stating “She made a mistake. She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it’s been ginned up is in part because of politics. And I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly.”
Trump and Clinton are both considered to be the frontrunners in their political parties for the 2016 elections and while Clinton enjoys the support of her Democrat establishment, Trump on the other hand has trouble with the Republican establishment that is more oriented toward Jeb Bush. Speaking of his Presidential term, Obama also stated that he would most probably be re-elected if a third term was allowed by the U.S. Constitution.