Time: 10:13 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama responding to the correspondent question during the news conference in Laos on the comments recently made by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “he is not qualified to be president of the United States.” Obama said he is confident that Americans would reject the GOP candidate on Election Day.
The Associated Press correspondent, reporting of Laos says that closing out his final trip to Asia as a president, Obama had illustrated that governing is “serious business,” requiring knowledge, preparation and thought-out policies that can actually be implemented. The President, who publicly supported Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, urged Americans to restrain that could become the new normal.
“The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions to what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright whacky ideas,” Obama said in Laos.
Obama spoke to the press at the end of the nine-day official visit to Asia, after the U.S. stops in Nevada, Hawaii and Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the AP writes. While in Asia, Obama participated in the G-20 meeting in China, where he again urged the necessity for the U.S. Congress to ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership and he said is doing everything he can to persuade lawmakers to accept the deal of 12 nations, which he believes would be of benefit to the American economy.
One of the questions Obama answered in Laos was about his commitments to close Guantanamo Bay detention center. The President said he would hard in the next four-and-a-half months on the promise to close the prison, where the population now is about 60 detained persons, the AP reported. As Obama says, “Guantanamo is recruitment tool for terrorism organizations.”
Obama did not want to comment the way he was greeted in Asia, as the beginning of the official visit to Asia when the red carpet was missing on the staircase, or when some Chinese officials clashed with the White House aides.
An official meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ended only with short friendly interaction and shaking hands after personal comments Duterte made about Obama. “I don’t take these comments personally, because it seems as if this is a phrase he’s used repeatedly, directed at the pope and others,” Obama said of the slur. “I think it seems to be just a, you know, a habit, a way of speaking for him,” Obama said.
The President also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the White House announced, Obama reaffirmed the support for India’s participation in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which need to work on civilian nuclear technology from military use. Pakistan opposes to India’s participation to the group.