Washington: In his first comment on Donald Trump since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, US President Barack Obama said, “This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the US,” he said. Mr Trump has a long record that needs to be examined. It’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past,” he added.
Obama says on Trump's nomination
Trump has provoked number of protests with his controversial speeches and proposals ranging from banning Muslims from entering the US to building a wall to keep out Mexican migrants to slashing US funding for NATO.
Obama took a dig at the Republican leadership that has resulted in the rise of Trump. “There is a debate that’s taking place inside the Republican Party about who they are and what they represent. Their standard bearer at the moment is Trump,” he said, adding that voters will have to make a decision as to whether this is the guy who speaks for them.