Obama: Trump Doesn't Know Much About Nuclear Weapons, or the World

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:01 AM

S. allies Japan and S Korea manufacture their own nuclear weapons as a defense against N Korean aggression; and Trump'south refusal to regulation out using nuclear weapons against Europe.

Obama: Trump Doesn't Know Much About Nuclear Weapons, or the World

President Barack Obama said Donald Trump'south recent comments about nuclear weapons indicate the Republican presidential frontrunner doesn't know much about -- not only foreign policy -- but "the world generally."

At a press conference to conclude the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, the president was asked for his reaction to Trump'south suggestion that U. S. allies Japan and S Korea manufacture their own nuclear weapons as a defense against N Korean aggression; and Trump'south refusal to regulation out using nuclear weapons against Europe.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama said the comments "tell us the person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally."

The president said Trump'south eyebrow raising comments came up "on the sidelines" of the summit that took space in Washington, D. C. this week.

"I said before that people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really necessary to the rest of the world. Even in those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics wish sobriety and clarity when it comes to U. S. elections," Obama said.

White House aides had previously panned the remarks, which they point out would reverse decades of bipartisan U. S. foreign policy and would expand nuclear proliferation.

Trump has argued that allowing Japan and S Korea to obtain the weapons would relieve the U. S. of defending their E Asia allies. Foreign leaders from both countries have dismissed the idea.

"you've so many countries already — China, Pakistan, you've so many countries, Russia — you have so many countries right presently that have them," Trump said during a CNN town corridor on Tuesday. "Now, wouldn't you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when N Korea has nuclear weapons?"

And on Fox News this week, Trump said, "Europe is a large place. I'm not going to get cards off the table."

Obama, who's largely attempted to stay out of the two thousand sixteen presidential race, also was asked who he voted for in the IL Democratic presidential primary.

"It'south a secret ballot, isn't it?" he said.

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