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Barack Obama Warns US Presidency Is Not A ‘Reality Show’

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Washington, United States:  President Barack Obama called Friday for Donald Trump’s White House bid — and his past record — to be held up to close scrutiny as he warned the US presidency was not a “reality show.”

“We are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment,” Obama told reporters when asked about the presumptive Republican nominee, and long-time star of the TV show “The Apprentice.”

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“This is not a reality show,” Obama said.

“This is a contest for the presidency of the United States. And what that means is that every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny.

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“It means that you’ve got to make sure that their budgets add up.”

Trump has raised howls of protest even within his party with his harsh, free-wheeling style of speech and proposals ranging from banning Muslims from entering the United States to building a wall to keep out Mexican migrants to slashing US funding for NATO so allies have to pay more.

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“He 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,” Obama said.

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