Former President Barack Obama is no fan of President Donald Trump.
And, Obama’s rancor was on full display during his conference in India on Friday morning where he referenced – without explicitly naming – Trump several times.
When former President Barack Obama spoke to a leadership forum in India’s capital on Friday, he never once used the words “Donald Trump” and was careful to avoid any direct reference to his successor in the White House.
Yet Obama made plenty of veiled references, from climate change to the perils of using Twitter.
Here are a few examples:
[Obama] said he sees people getting in trouble for their tweets, and says they should follow the old advice of thinking before you speak: “Think before you tweet,” Obama said. “Same principle.”
He said social media is a powerful tool, for both good and ill. “And look, I’ve got 100 million Twitter followers. I actually have more than other people who use it more often.”
(For the record, Obama has 97 million Twitter followers and Trump has 44 million).
“If you’re saying it’s a hoax, then there’s no way for us to bridge our differences in a constructive way,” Obama said.
Trump has previously called climate change a hoax.
Obama praised India for helping forge the Paris climate agreement, which he signed last year but which Trump said he planned to withdraw from.
“It’s an agreement, even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership, that is giving our children a fighting chance,” Obama said.
“And so if you see a politician doing things that are questionable, one of the things as a citizen is to ask yourself ‘Am I encouraging, or supporting or giving license to the values I’m hearing out of the politician?’” Obama said. “Because frankly, politicians tend to be more of a mirror and more of a reflection of forces in the society.”
Obama was asked who reflected the real America, Donald Duck or Donald Trump?
Obama didn’t answer directly. He said Americans could often be kind and noble, and at other times cruel and shortsighted.
Yahoo similarly reports:
Obama was repeatedly asked about his successor, President Donald Trump, at a New Delhi symposium but stuck to a general warning to all high-profile figures to take care.
“I think it’s important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits,” Obama said when asked about the dangers of Twitter, a platform on which Trump has caused repeat controversies.
“What I would say is [social media outlets], all these various platforms are extraordinarily powerful tools, and those tools can be used for good and they tools can be used for ill,” he said.
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