President Obama, reacting to Donald Trump effectively wrapping up the Republican primary race earlier this week, took his opening shots Friday at the now-presumptive nominee – urging tough scrutiny of the businessman’s record and saying, “This is not a reality show.”
The president was asked about the Republican race during an impromptu press conference following remarks on the economy at Friday’s White House briefing.
“[Trump] has a long record that needs to be examined,” Obama said, urging the public to “take seriously” some of the controversial statements he’s made.
“This is a really serious job. This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States,” he said.
This is hardly the first time Obama has criticized Trump. But with the billionaire businessman all but assured the nomination after his remaining rivals dropped out, Friday’s remarks mark the start of a more focused effort by the president to keep the Oval Office out of the GOP standard-bearer’s hands next January.
“Every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny,” he said.