French President François Hollande slammed the “excesses” of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as sickening.
Speaking to journalists in Paris, Hollande said Trumps’s “excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when – as was Donald Trump’s case – he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier”.
The French leader was referring to a feud between Trump and the Muslim parents of a slain US soldier killed in Iraq, which has shaken the presidential campaign just three months before the November vote.
The Republican presidential candidate ‘s attacks on the parents of the decorated soldier have been widely criticised by Republicans and have provoked disbelief around the world.
Hollande criticised Trump’s “hurtful and humiliating comments”.
“Democracy is also at stake, as we see more and more people tempted by authoritarianism,” he said, “especially” in the United States.
“Should the American people choose Trump, there will be consequences, because a US election is a global election,” he added.
Last week, Hollande fired back at Trump after the US Republican presidential nominee said that “France was no longer France.”
France is reeling from two strikes in under two weeks by attackers who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, the first when a Tunisian plowed his truck through a crowd in Nice, the second when two men slit the throat of a priest.
“France is no longer France. They won’t like me for saying that,” Trump told reporters in Miami on Wednesday. “And this world better be very careful and the better get very tough and they’ll never do it with (Democratic nominee) Hillary Clinton.”
Brushing off Trump’s words, Hollande on Thursday told reporters France would always remain true to its values and ideals.
“When you stoop low you’re not true to yourself anymore, that’s something that can happen to others on the other side of the Atlantic,” Hollande said, without directly mentioning Trump.
Breaking with tradition, the European centre-right EPP said it was reluctant to support Donald Trump in the US presidential race because of his rejection of strong ties with the EU.
The EPP support for a given US candidate will depend on their intentions about future transatlantic relations, including on the economy, security and – importantly – immigration, said the leader of the group in a recent interview with EurActiv.com.
Trump built much of his campaign around controversial remarks about keeping immigrants, Mexican and Muslim, out of the US.
Obama: “It comes to a point in which you say enough“
US President Barack Obama said Trump is “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to be president, urging leaders of the Republican party to take the unprecedented step of denouncing their own nominee.
“Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said during a joint press conference with Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the White House.
“I said so last week [at the Democratic national convention], and he keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family [the name for a family whose relative has died in service] that had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”