Obama: Trump’s doom-and-gloom doesn’t match reality

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Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)The deeply pessimistic outlook that Donald Trump offered at this week’s Republican National Convention doesn’t match reality, President Barack Obama insisted on Friday.

Noting he didn’t watch Trump’s prime-time acceptance speech on Thursday — “I’ve got a lot of stuff to do” — Obama said he read news coverage of the remarks. And he said they didn’t match most Americans’ experiences.

“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama said during a press conference in the White House East Room alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

“I think it is important to be absolutely clear here. Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts,” he said, going on to cite statistics showing crime rates have fallen under his presidency.

“America is much less violent than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Obama said.

“We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact,” the President said. “And that, I think, is something that I hope all Americans pay attention to.”

However, less than three hours after the news conference, Obama addressed the public again to offer support to Germany after several mall-goers were reported dead and injured from a shooting spree in Munich.

Obama called Germany “one of our closest allies” and pledged “all of the support they may need.”

Obama was speaking the day after Trump formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination with a lengthy address at his party’s convention. The speech cast the country as woefully off-course after seven-and-a-half years under Obama’s leadership, painting a dark portrait of crime run amok, a lagging economy, and constant threats of terrorism.

Speaking later Friday to CBS News, Obama said the attack in Munich didn’t prove Trump was right about the emerging threat of terrorism.

America is much less violent than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Obama said.

“We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact,” the President said. “And that, I think, is something that I hope all Americans pay attention to.”

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