Obama says Trump has shown 'no interest' in helping anyone but himself

Former President Obama issued a strong rebuke of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE’s time in office, characterizing him as a divisive figure who has “no interest” in helping anyone but himself.

Speaking on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, Obama said he waited for Trump to show “some interest in taking the job seriously” — adding that his Republican successor “never did.”

“For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said Wednesday night, speaking from Philadelphia. 


“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,” Obama added.

He juxtaposed his description of Trump with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE, who served under Obama for eight years as vice president.

“That empathy, that decency, the belief that everybody counts – that's who Joe is,” Obama said.