Trump wouldn't get a job at 7-Eleven, says Obama

US President Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct 11, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
US President Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct 11, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina.PHOTO: AFP

GREENSBORO (North Carolina) • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments on a 2005 videotape about groping women would disqualify him from even a job at a convenience store, said US President Barack Obama.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, Mr Obama said the choice was clear in the Nov 8 election, even before the tape was leaked last week showing Mr Trump speaking crudely about women.

"Now you find a situation in which the guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable if he were applying for a job at 7-Eleven," Mr Obama told the crowd, referring to the convenience store chain.

Mr Trump said during Sunday night's presidential debate that he was embarrassed by the video, but dismissed it as "locker room talk".

Mr Obama also criticised some Republicans who have condemned the remarks, but are still backing the New York businessman.

He said: "The fact that now you have people saying, 'We strongly disagree, we really disapprove... but we're still endorsing him.' They still think he should be president, that doesn't make sense to me."

Earlier on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the remarks in the recording amounted to sexual assault.

Mr Obama also took aim at Mr Trump's business credentials, referring to a New York Times report that showed he claimed a loss of nearly US$1 billion in one year on his taxes in the 1990s.

"They say the house always wins," Mr Obama quipped about Trump, who was a casino developer at the time.

"I don't know how that happens."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2016, with the headline 'Trump wouldn't get a job at 7-Eleven, says Obama'. Print Edition | Subscribe