President Obama on Friday questioned Donald J. Trump’s fitness for office after statements from the Republican front-runner that the United States and its allies should move away from decades of constraints on the use of nuclear weapons.
“We don’t want somebody in the Oval Office who doesn’t recognize how important that is,” Mr. Obama said.
Addressing reporters at the end of a meeting on nuclear security, the president said the comments by Mr. Trump reflected a person who “doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world in general.”
This was not the first the President has criticized Trump for his inappropriate utterances on the campaign trail.
He alluded to the fact world leaders and other participants at the conference were cognizant of the stump speeches by candidates and had voiced their concerns about Mr. Trump’s comments.
“Even those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to U.S. elections because they understand that the president of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the world,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Trump said he was open to allowing Japan and South Korea to acquire nuclear weapons to deter their rogue neighbor, North Korea. He also declined to rule out using nuclear weapons in a military conflict in Europe, saying, “you don’t want to, say, take everything off the table.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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