While many Americans are starting to take GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump seriously, President Barack Obama is not one of them.
President Obama said, “He is a great publicity-seeker, and at a time when the Republican Party hasn’t really figured out what it’s for, as opposed to what it’s against… (But) I don’t think he’ll end up being president of the United States.”
President Obama made the statement during an interview on “60 Minutes” on CBS.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to lead Republican candidates in terms of opinion polls.
Trump’s campaign has been filled with controversy. The billionaire real estate tycoon and reality television star has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border and to deport 11 million immigrants who are currently in the United States.
Obama believes that Trump is saying what he needs to in order to win over Republican voters, a large portion of who are firmly against immigration.
Obama said, “He is, you know, the classic reality TV character.”
When asked if he had a legitimate chance of becoming the next leader of the country, the President replied, “I’ll leave it up to the pundits to make that determination.”
President Obama also discussed Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton’s usage of a private email server while she was in office as the Secretary of the State. He says that he does not believe it was a problem of national security.
“She made a mistake. She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it’s been ginned up is in part because of politics. And I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly,” he said.
Also on topic was the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden entering into the race. Obama referred to Biden as one of the finest Vice Presidents in the history of the United States.
“If you’re sitting right next to the president in every meeting and wrestling with these issues, I’m sure that for him he’s saying to himself: ‘I could do a really good job,'” he stated.
Obama also mentioned that, if he could, he would run for a third term as president. And he expects that he would win.