Voters will not elect Donald Trump as president of the United States because they will “make a sensible choice in the end,” President Barack Obama has said.
Speaking after hosting the Asean economic summit in California, Mr Obama said: “I continue to believe that Mr Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people.”
He said voters recognised that being president was a “serious job”, unlike hosting a reality TV show. Mr Trump, a businessman, hosted the US version of The Apprentice from 2004 to 2015.
US voters would “make a sensible choice in the end,” said Mr Obama, who is in his second term as president.
But Mr Obama said the views of all the Republican candidates during the primaries and debates, particularly their comments regarding Muslims, immigration and climate change, were troubling people in other countries.
“This is not just Mr Trump,” he said.
Mr Trump has said Muslims should be temporarily banned from entering the US and in September 2015, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said he would not advocate electing a Muslim as president.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Mr Trump said Mr Obama’s doubt over his chance of making it to the White House came as a “great compliment” given he had “done such a bad job” during his presidency.
“You look at our budgets, you look at our spending, we can’t beat [Isis]. Obamacare is terrible… Our borders are like Swiss cheese,” said the 69-year-old, who is currently predicted to win the Republican primary in South Carolina on Saturday. A CNN poll shows he is expected to sweep 38 per cent of the votes, followed by Ted Cruz with 22 per cent.
Mr Trump added that Mr Obama would have been a “one-term president” had he ran in the previous presidential race.
Additional reporting by PA