Obama calls on Republican leaders to stop supporting Trump

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President Obama said he believes it is time for Republican leaders to denounce their nominee for president.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long of Singapore, President Obama  lashed out at Trump for comments he made about the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in the Iraq War.

“Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said. “I said so last week, and he keeps proving it.”

President Obama pointed to the “repeated denunciations from top Republicans including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).

“The question, I think, they have to ask themselves is, if they are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama said.

“What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?”

President Obama said the most recent controversy is not “an episodic gaffe” but rather part of a series of controversial statements the Republican nominee has made.

“This is daily, and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be a point in which you say ‘This is not a person I can support for president of the United States.’”