Obama says of Trump, ‘This is not a reality show’

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US President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and answers questions in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first remarks about Donald Trump’s presumptive nominee status, President Barack Obama has a message for the media: “This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show.”

Obama is urging reporters to take Trump seriously and vet him thoroughly. At a brief news conference at the White House on Friday, Obama told reporters to scrutinize the candidates closely, to fact check their policies and to hold them to their past statements.

He says, “emphasizing the spectacle and the circus, that’s not something we can afford.”

Obama says if reporters do their job and people are well informed “I’m confident our democracy will work.”

Asked about Trump’s taco bowl tweet Thursday saying “I love Hispanics,” Obama said he wouldn’t comment on Trump’s twitter feed.

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  • steve

    After living through the last seven and a half of ‘Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue’, a reality show might be a pleasant break. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from being a gung-ho Trump supporter, but I have a real intense dislike for Barack Obama and megalomaniac, carpet bagging liar that is Hillary Clinton.

  • Andrew

    That is funny, coming from the guy who has treated it as if it was one for the last 8 years. At least Trump has respect for the Constitution. And maybe that is exactly the illustration which needs to be pointed out here…we need a president who respects the office of President less and respects the Constitution more. The opposite of Obama.