Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced he wished he had time to play augmented reality game Pokémon Go in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
When the outlet asked him whether he played the popular smartphone game, Trump replied, “I don’t, but people are playing it. No question about it. I do not. I wish I had time.”
Pokémon Go has caused a stir worldwide and particularly in the US since its launch last week. Law enforcement agencies based around the world have even been forced to issue statements of warning after an increase in crimes surrounding the game.
Four teenagers were charged after it was revealed that they were using the game to lure, find, and rob their victims, and a nineteen-year-old girl from Wyoming even found a human corpse after hopping a fence to catch one of the digital creatures.
The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is also taking measures to remove the location from the game after swarms of players have taken to the museum to catch Pokémon. The museum, along with the 9/11 Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, have all been classified as “PokéStops” by the game, which means players can get free items if they play there.
The game has also led to some positive outcomes, however, with one Indiana-based animal shelter using the app to find dog walkers. Two U.S. Marines also managed to catch a murder suspect, after they noticed a man acting suspiciously whilst playing the game.
Pokémon Go is currently expected to overtake Twitter’s daily Android users soon.