The Latest: Obama: Trump lacks “basic knowledge” about world


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

7:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he worries about a President Donald Trump who would lack “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Obama says, what he thinks is “scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama added the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t seem to know much about nuclear weapons, where countries are or the differences between the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim religion.

The interview was aired on NBC’s “Today” the same day he is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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7:31 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t want Hillary Clinton to become president.

Biden tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that adversaries of the U.S. think it’s better to have someone “who doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing” in the White House than have somebody “as tough as Hillary.” He said Putin doesn’t want to see a united NATO or a united European Union.

Biden said he doesn’t know for sure if Russia was responsible for leaking embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee. But he said the leak is consistent with Russia’s past conduct.

He also said Republican Donald Trump and his running mate “don’t know what they’re talking about” when it comes to national security. Biden criticized Trump for wanting to break up U.S. alliances with NATO countries.

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3:23 a.m.

It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, “You’re likable enough, Hillary.” It’s a lovefest now.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling cracked and nearly shattered, her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton delivered an expansive and passionate testimonial Tuesday night. He offered a deeply personal — though sanitized — account of their relationship, a policy-driven ode to the “best darn change-maker I have ever met.”

Tonight, the current president is joining her party — for it is her party now — in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

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