WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama said in his remarks at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner that Republican Donald Trump ran for president to promote his hotel business.
“The end of the Republic has never looked better,” Obama said.
Obama’s remarks were predictably harsh on Trump.
“I don’t want to spend too much time on The Donald. Following your lead, I want to show some restraint. Because I think we can all agree that from the start he’s gotten the appropriate amount of coverage befitting the seriousness of his candidacy. I hope you all are proud of yourselves,” Obama told reporters, who cried out for an “Encore” after he originally said he would stop reading Trump jokes.
“The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost, and now we’re praying that Cleveland makes it through July,” Obama said, referring to possible disturbances that could occur if Trump is denied the nomination.
Trump was not in attendance, although sons Don Jr. and Eric went to the event.
“Thank you. I’m very proud of what you’ve done. It was an honor working side by side,” the president told the reporters before leaving the stage.
Obama previously went after Trump at the Correspondents Dinner in 2011. Trump clearly did not appreciate the president’s remarks.