Earlier this week Donald Trump said that the November elections might be “rigged” against him (as they were with Bernie Sanders), to which President Obama said is “ridiculous”.
Speaking at a news conference from the Pentagon, Obama said that elections are conducted by the 50 states and not by the federal government, and remarked that he didn’t even know how to respond to Trump’s accusations. “That does not make any sense and I don’t think anybody would take that seriously,” he said.
Trump should “get out there and try to win the election,” Obama continued. “If Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15 points on Election Day and ends up losing, you know, maybe he can raise some questions. That doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.”
Obama also answered questions about his opinion on whether Trump could be trusted to control the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. Obama said, “Just listen to what Mr. Trump has to say and make your own judgment with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage things like our nuclear triad.”
“What I can say is, this is serious business and the person who is in the Oval Office and who our secretary of defense and our joint chiefs of staff and our outstanding men and women in uniform report to, you know, they are counting on somebody who has the temperament and good judgment to be able to make decisions to make America safe,” Obama said as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter looked on from the side of the room.