During a White House news conference on Tuesday, President Obama criticized Donald Trump, telling audiences precisely how he felt about the prospect of the Republican nominee taking his place in January. When asked about Trump by the press, Obama candidly said he doesn't believe the candidate is fit for the presidency — especially after the way he responded to Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention. Since then, Trump's campaign has experienced more than one stumble.
Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said that last week, and he keeps on proving it.
Khan and his wife are the parents of Humayun Khan, a Muslim American Army Captain who died in Iraq in 2004. During his DNC address, Khan asked that Trump take a look at the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery. People of all faiths, including Islam, he expressed, have died for this country. "You have sacrificed nothing and no one," he told Trump. Khan went on to endorse Hillary Clinton, instead of Trump, for the presidency.
We cannot solve our problems by building walls, sowing division. We are stronger together. And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our President.
Obama backed up his statement about a Trump presidency by referring to the nominee's reaction to the Khans. The president also mentioned other missteps involving foreign policy that have occurred during the past week.
The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn't appear to have basic knowledge of critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he's woefully unprepared to do this job.
On Sunday during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump ensured the reporter that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be entering Ukraine. But, as Stephanopoulos pointed out, Putin already did that in 2014 when he invaded Crimea. During the interview, Trump said:
He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He's not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.
Needless to say, this week has not been a great one for the Trump campaign. And even worse for the Republican nominee, Obama's statement suggests Trump's questionable behavior isn't out of the ordinary and may not come to an end anytime soon.