Obama says Trump never took presidency ‘seriously’

WILMINGTON (HRNW) – Barack Obama, America’s first black president, will use his Democratic convention speech Wednesday to brand President Donald Trump as someone who never took his office seriously, putting US democracy in danger.

Obama said that on handing over the White House to Trump in 2017, he thought the Republican “might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.”

“But he never did,” Obama said, according to excerpts of his speech released early.

As a result, Trump has left America’s “worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama said.

The speech — due later in the evening when Senator Kamala Harris formally accepts the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate and the first black woman on a major party ticket — is one of the highlights of the Democratic convention running until Thursday.

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