Obama Basically Just Called Donald Trump An Idiot In Front Of The Entire World (VIDEO)
More than 50 world leaders gathered in Washington D.C. for the last Nuclear Security Summit for president Barack Obama, which began Friday. During the closing news conference, President Obama responded to a question about comments made by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump that South Korea and Japan should have their own nuclear weapons. Obama blasted the comments saying they that demonstrated his apparent ignorance on nuclear weapons and proliferation,
“The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula, or the world generally,”
In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Trump claimed that he opposed nuclear proliferation while simultaneously supporting the idea of Japan and South Korea acquiring nuclear weapons, which they do not currently have, apparently oblivious to the contradiction.
“At some point we have to say, you know what, we’re better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we’re better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself,”
President Obama also addressed how disconcerting Trump’s comments are for the rest of the world,
“Even those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to U.S. elections because they understand that the president of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the world,”
The nuclear summit also highlighted the continued tension between the US and Russia. Though Russia, together with the US, holds 90 percent of the world’s 15 000 nuclear weapons they boycotted the summit led and hosted by the Americans. The tension is due in no small part to the war in Syria. While the two are allies in the fight against ISIS the conflict has arguably been exacerbated by the two world powers backing different sides. Russia has provided support to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while the US has backed the opposition groups trying to remove him.
Obama also urged the more than fifty world leaders not to become complacent. . As reported by Reuters, Obama cautioned that while terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda had not gotten nuclear weapons that they would not hesitate to use them if they did,
“There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they would certainly use it to kill as many innocent people as possible,” he said. “It would change our world.”
Obama Discusses The Successes Of Iran Nuclear Deal
On the sidelines of the summit President Obama, British Prime Minister, David Cameron and French President François Hollande gathered with other leaders who backed the Iran nuclear deal to discuss its progress. Obama touted accomplishments including dismantling two thirds of the Iran’s centrifuges and moving 98% of the enriched uranium out of the country as well and removing the Arak reactor core,
“If Iran were to cheat,” he said, “the breakout time to build a nuclear weapon has gone from two to three months to about a year.”
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A Canadian, currently located in Dublin, Nikita Oliver-Lew has an avid interest in all things political. She has an MSc in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College Dublin and hopes to return to her PhD studies on migration in Europe.