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Barack Obama: Donald Trump is a 'classic reality TV character'

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One day after commenting on Kanye West’s possible presidential candidacy, Barack Obama weighed in on Donald Trump.

Speaking to Steve Kroft as part of an interview that aired on 60 Minutes, Obama said Trump was a “great publicity seeker” who had tapped into a segment of anti-immigrant Republican primary voters. (Trump wants to build a wall across the U.S. and Mexico border.)

“He knows how to get attention. He is, you know, the classic reality TV character, and at this early stages, it’s not surprising that he’s gotten a lot of attention,” Obama said of Trump, the current GOP frontrunner for president and former host of The Celebrity Apprentice.

Asked whether he thought Trump could succeed him in the White House, Obama briefly demurred before saying no. “I’ll leave it up to the pundits to make that determination,” Obama said. “I don’t think he’ll end up being President of the United States.”

Trump didn’t respond directly to Obama’s statements, but did comment on the interview via his Twitter account.

“President Obama was terrible on 60 Minutes tonight. He said CLIMATE CHANGE is the most important thing, not all of the current disasters!” Trump wrote. He later added that his 60 Minutes appearance, which happened two weeks ago, was better than the Obama interview.

Watch Obama discuss Trump here.

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