Obama SLAPS DOWN Donald Trump over the Republican”s support for Putin


President Obama said Mr  Trump”s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin was unprecedented and said he was troubled that other Republicans were supporting the Republican presidential candidate”s positions on Russia.

At a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden following meetings with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Mr Obama hit out at Mr Trump”s claims that US cities are rife with voter fraud and that there were efforts to “rig the election at the polling place.”

It comes as the billionaire”s businessman popularity falls in the polls and tensions escalate between Russia and the US. 

Mr Obama said: “Mr Trump”s continued flattery of Mr Putin and the way he appears and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approaches to politics on Mr Putin is unprecedented in American politics.”

Historically, Republican politicians have often taken or appeared to take a harder line on Russia”s predecessor, the Soviet Union, the United States” Cold War foe.

But reactng to Mr Trump”s support for Russia, Mr Obama said: “Mr Trump rarely surprises me these days.”

The President said Russia”s behaviour has undermined international norms and said any suggestion that the US has encroached on Russian interests is wrong.

He said: “We think that Russia is a large, important country with a military that is second only to ours and has to be a part of the solution on the world stage rather than part of the problem.

“But their behaviour has undermined international norms and international rules in ways we have to call them out on.”

Russia has been internationally condemned for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.


Continuing his attack on Mr Trump, the President turned to the Republican”s claims of the possibility of illegal activities that could tarnish the November 8 election result.

Mr Obama said: “I”d invite Mr Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”

The President continued to lay into the New Yorker saying it is irresponsible of Mr Trump to blame voter fraud if he loses the important state of Florida.

In recent days, Mr Trump”s rhetoric at campaign appearances and on social media about a rigged election has intensified as his standing in public opinion polls has fallen.

Referring to Mr Trump”s contention, Mr Obama said: “It”s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”

Republican lawyers said on Monday it was impossible for the election to be rigged against Mr Trump, despite such allegations by the Republican nominee in recent days.

Mr Trump has sought to raise fears of a flawed election as he has fallen in opinion polls against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Writing on Twitter on Monday, he said: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”

Numerous studies have shown that voter fraud in US elections is very rare.

Republican campaign lawyer Chris Ashby said Mr Trump”s charges, which were not backed by any evidence, could foment unrest and were “unfounded” and “dangerous.”

He said: “When you say an election is rigged, you”re telling voters, your supporters, their votes do not matter.

”I think some of Donald Trump”s comments could cause unrest at the polls.”

Some Republicans have urged their candidate to drop the assertions. Early voting and voting by mail have already begun in many states.

The vote-rigging accusations come after his campaign was damaged by the release of a tape 10 days ago showing him lewdly bragging about kissing and touching women without their permission. A series of women have come forward with allegations about his behavior, but he has denied those accusations.

He has said he did not act on his words, but a series of women have since come forward with allegations about his behaviour, which he has denied.

The RealClearPolitics average of national opinion polls shows Mrs Clinton currently leading Mr Trump by 6.9 per cent.

The Republican’s third wife Melania Trump, who has not played an active role in his campaign, spoke publicly for the first time on Monday about the “Access Hollywood” tape.

She told CNN she was surprised by her husband”s language and said she thought he had been egged on to “say dirty and bad stuff,” calling it “boy talk.”