President Barack Obama said Donald Trump won’t be elected president and the Republican primary campaign has alarmed foreign audiences who expect the U.S. to lead the world.
“I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president,” Obama said Tuesday at a news conference after meeting with Southeast Asian leaders in Rancho Mirage, California. “And the reason is, I continue to have faith in the American people. And I think they realize that being president of the United States is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show.”
While Obama again criticized the tone and substance of the Republican primary campaign, he described the Democratic contest as a “healthy debate.” He didn’t say whether he would endorse his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, or her challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, but allowed that he and Clinton may more often agree on policy.
“I know Hillary better than I know Bernie, because she’s served in my administration, and she was an outstanding secretary of state,” Obama said. “And I suspect that, on certain issues, she agrees with me more than Bernie does.”
Sanders rode support from young and first-time voters to a decisive victory in New Hampshire and a close second place in Iowa, the primary’s first two nominating contests. Clinton remains the front-runner in national polls, and she is seeking to rebound in the next two nominating contests — the Nevada caucuses on Saturday and the South Carolina primary a week later.