Obama slaps down wacky and ill-informed Trump over ‘Putin’s better than you’ jibe

Barack Obama has dismissed Donald Trump as unfit to be president after he said Vladimir Putin was a better leader than he had been. The outgoing president described the Republican presidential nominee as “wacky” and “uninformed” over his remarks during a TV interview. Mr Obama, who is in Laos for a security conference, pointed to the serious work he was doing this week and at the earlier G20 summit in China, to highlight the diplomatic qualities needed for the top job. “I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed,” he said.

You actually have to know what you are talking about and you actually have to have done your homework. When you speak, it should actually reflect thought-out-policy you can implement

Mr Obama, on being president

Mr Trump made his remarks as he and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton were being quizzed on national security and military matters at a so-called Commander in Chief forum. The pair did not go head to head but appeared separately during the session on board the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid in New York. Mr Trump heaped praise on Mr Putin saying he had an 82% approval rating and “very strong control over his country”. During Mrs Clinton’s session, she defended herself over the private email server scandal which has dogged her campaign. She said: “It was a mistake to have a personal account. I would certainly not do it again. I make no excuses for it.”

It’s a very different system, and I don’t happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.

Donald Trump on Mr Putin