Barack Obama says Donald Trump not qualified to be US president

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Vientiane: United States President Barack Obama today called Donald Trump “wacky” and “uninformed” after the Republican candidate said Russia’s President Putin was a better leader.

Speaking in Laos, Obama said that every time Trump spoke it became clearer that the Republican contender was not qualified to be president.

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In a televised forum on Wednesday, Trump had praised Putin’s “great control” and 82 per cent approval rating. Trump and rival Hillary Clinton had taken questions from military veterans.

Obama said: “I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the US and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.”

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The president pointed to the diplomatic work he had faced at both the Asean summit in Laos and the earlier G20 meeting in China.

Trump had told the forum in New York that the Russian president had “been a leader far more than our president has been”.

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