Obama condemns Trump’s U.S. criticism

2014 State of the union address

President Obama disagreed with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s analysis of conditions in the United States, asserting crime has decreased and the economy is up, according to USA TODAY.

“The idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse — this vision of violence and chaos everywhere — doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama told reporters after Trump painted a shallow picture of the U.S.

“We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact. That, I think, is something that I hope all Americans pay attention to,” he said weighing in on the race.

Obama, who is planning to speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention, says he would “let the American people judge” how the Republican party made their case during this week’s GOP conclave.

The President, along with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, addressed questions regarding Trump’s criticism of Mexican trade policies. He previously accused Mexico of sending rapists to the U.S. and proposed an anti-migrant wall along the U.S. Southern border.

Nieto avoided discussing the U.S. election in detail and refused to take a position on the race.

“The Mexico government will be observing with great interest,” he said.

However, Obama took the high road and said that both countries benefit from their relationship.

“Mexico is a critical partner and is critically important to our own well-being,” the President stated.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has continuously reinforced that Mexico is among the countries that have stolen jobs from the U.S. via free trade agreements.  The businessman also claims Mexico migrants undercut U.S. wages by taking American jobs.

Trump proclaimed,”Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”