President Obama said Tuesday that although Donald Trump gets the most attention, the rest of the Republican presidential field is just as bad as Trump when it comes to remarks that are concerning to the international community.
Speaking at a press conference in California during a trade summit of Southeast Asian leaders, Obama said foreign observers are “troubled” by the rhetoric in the Republican race, particularly about climate change.
“I find it interesting that everyone’s focused on Mr. Trump, primarily because he says in more interesting ways what the other candidates are saying as well,” Obama told reporters. “And so he may up the ante in anti-Muslim sentiment, but if you look at what the other Republican candidates have said, that’s pretty troubling, too.”
“They’re all denying climate change. I think that’s troubling to the international community, since the science is unequivocal,” he continued.
Obama said “this is not just Mr. Trump,” noting that none of the GOP candidates favor action on climate change.
He also said he doesn’t believe Trump will be President, and that he has faith in the American people to cut through the “entertainment” of the primary race.
“During primaries people vent and they express themselves and if it seems like entertainment, and oftentimes it’s reported just like entertainment,” Obama said. “But as you get closer, reality has a way of intruding.”