In Shima, Japan this morning, President Obama addressed at a news conference the effects of the U.S. presidential election on world leaders, specifically orienting his speech about Donald Trump. “They are rattled by it – and for good reason. Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines,” Obama said.
The overlook of the presidential campaign about during the meeting of the Group of Seven advanced economies summit in Japan, the latest world gathering to be shadowed by global concerns and talks about Trump. Obama has said Trump now comes up in every single one of his foreign meetings, with the president offering reassurances that he “doesn’t believe Trump will be elected.”
Obama believes the Democratic nominee, which will likely be Hillary Clinton, will win in November. “The one thing I’ve learned after being around for a while is that kind of day-to-day choppiness is not indicative of longer trends,” Obama said. “I feel confident about the Democratic vision for the country. “Would it be nice if everybody was immediately unified and singing kumbaya and whoever the nominee ended up being could just take a nice two-week vacation to re-charge? Absolutely. I guarantee you that the eventual nominee sure wishes it was over now. Because this is a grind. It’s hard.”