President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump defends several unsubstantiated claims in truth interview Obama and Trump haven’t talked since inauguration Poll: Voters split on Trump's job performance MORE on Monday night condemned the "divisive rhetoric" and the omission of facts on the campaign trail.
During the keynote address at the Toner Prize of Excellence in Political Reporting, Obama took several swipes at the GOP presidential candidates — without mentioning any names.
In the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels, GOP hopefuls Ted CruzTed CruzTrump defends several unsubstantiated claims in truth interview Budowsky: Trump’s war against truth Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran Perez, Ellison start multistate ‘turnaround tour’ for Dems Overnight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team MORE have called for monitoring Muslim neighborhoods and Trump, the GOP front-runner, has previously proposed banning Muslims from entering the country.
He continued, “When our elected officials and our political campaigns become entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not, that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations."
When meeting with leaders around the globe, Obama said he's most frequently asked about presidential politics and noted that people outside of the United States care about how the country functions.
“We are all invested in making this system work. We’re all responsible for it’s success, and it’s not just for the United States that this matters. It matters for the planet," Obama said.
The president also called on reporters covering presidential campaigns to look beyond what's "flashy" and focus on the stories and issues that "need attention."
"Because I believe that for all the sideshows of the political season, Americans are still hungry for the truth, it’s just hard to find, it’s hard to wade through," he said.