Obama blasts Trump: presidency ‘not a reality show’

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Friday (Saturday in Manila) warned the White House race is not a “reality show” and called for Donald Trump’s record to be held to close scrutiny as the billionaire seeks to rally divided Republicans behind him. With Trump seizing the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee this week after his rivals exited the race, debate has turned to whether he will be able to rally the party faithful behind him between now and November. “We are in serious times and this is a really serious job,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show.” Obama said that “every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny.” Trump, Obama said, “has a long record that needs to be examined, and I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past.”

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