Obama: Trump will not be president

Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Rancho Mirage, California (Reuters)
Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Rancho Mirage, California (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama reiterated today his belief that business tycoon Donald Trump will not be elected in November.

Trump, currently the Republican frontrunner, has been polling well after a series of controversies that include calling Mexicans rapists, insulting his rivals and calling for a ban on Muslim immigration.

"I continue to believe Mr Trump will not be president," Obama told media at a conference in Rancho Mirage, California. "And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people."

Obama insisted that running the country was still considered a serious job.

“It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show. It’s not promotion, it’s not marketing,” he said. “It’s hard and a lot of people count on us getting it right.”

Obama brushed off Trump’s success as a product of the frenzied primary season.

“As you get closer, reality has a way of intruding,” Obama said.

“The American people are pretty sensible, I think they’ll make a sensible choice in the end.”

The president also criticised the other Republican candidates, saying “foreign observers are troubled” by their rhetoric.

Trump fired back at Obama immediately.

Speaking at a campaign event in South Carolina, the star of The Apprentice claimed Obama is doing a lousy job.

"He has set us back so far, and for him to actually say that is a great compliment, if you want to know the truth," Trump said.

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