Donald Trump to President Barack Obama: I could have beaten you in 2012

February 17, 2016 7:03 am

Donald Trump: “You’re lucky I didn’t run last time, when Romney ran, because you would have been a one-term president.” Photo / Michael Holahan / The Augusta Chronicle via APPresident Obama and Republican front-runner Donald Trump exchanged insults today, with the president insisting Trump would not be elected president and then Trump insisting that the president’s slam was actually a compliment.
“I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be president. I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job,” Obama said during a press conference in California on Tuesday.
“It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing. It’s hard.”
Trump was asked about the comment during a campaign event in Beaufort, South Carolina, that was set up like a fireside chat. Van Hipp Jr., a former South Carolina GOP chairman, asked the candidate questions and read aloud the president’s comment — prompting the crowd to boo.

"I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be president. I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job," Obama said. Photo / AP “I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be president. I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job,” Obama said. Photo / AP”He has done such a lousy job as president,” Trump said, emphasizing each word.
“You look at our budgets, you look at our spending, we can’t beat ISIS, Obamacare is terrible — we’re going to terminate it, we’re absolutely going to terminate it. And you look at everything, our borders are like Swiss cheese, this man has done such a bad job, he has set us back so far, and for him to say that is actually a great compliment.”
Trump then shared this message for the president: “You’re lucky I didn’t run last time, when Romney ran, because you would have been a one-term president.”

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