(CNN) — President Barack Obama asked Republicans Tuesday why they’re still supporting their party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in the wake of his criticism of the family of a slain US Muslim soldier.
“I think what’s interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans, including the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader and prominent Republicans like John McCain,” Obama said at a White House news conference.
“The question you have to ask yourself is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer? This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making.” Obama continued, “There has to be a point at which you say, ‘This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party.’ The fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.”
Donald Trump says President Barack Obama is attacking him because he’s “concerned I’m going to win.”
Trump responded to Obama in an interview with WJLA hours after Obama had declared at a news conference that Trump is “unfit to serve as president.”
“Well, he’s a terrible president,” Trump said. “He’ll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country, he’s been a total disaster.”
Trump pointed to the Middle East, and Obama’s failure to enforce “his line in the sand” in Syria over the use of chemical weapons, as evidence of the President’s foreign policy failures.
“I think it just means he’s concerned I’m going to win,” Trump said. “Don’t forget, last time he said I would never get the nomination, now he’s saying I wouldn’t get the election now all of the sudden he said the other day maybe I can win the election.”