Former President Barack Obama dinged Donald Trump during an appearance in Berlin with Angela Merkel, saying, “we can’t hide behind a wall,” as he called for international engagement.
Obama got a rock-star welcome at the Brandenburg Gate, with a massive crowd estimated to be about 100,000 and counting. He said “we have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms.” Donald Trump fanned the flames of nationalism and xenophobia to win the presidential election.
Obama praised Merkel as someone who had done “outstanding work” and who, I believe, is now the leader of the free world. He also defended his presidency and the values of liberal democracy both he and Merkel championed.
“When we provide development aid to Africa or we are involved in conflict resolution in areas where war has been taking place, we make investments to try to deal with climate change … Those things we do not do just for charity, not just because they are the right thing to do,” Obama said, the Guardian reports.
“If there are disruptions in these countries, if there is bad governance, if there is war or if there is poverty … in this new world that we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves,” he said. “We can’t hide behind a wall,” he continued.
Watch President Obama upstage Donald Trump:
WATCH: Pres. Obama talks human rights and health care at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. pic.twitter.com/bnZOgPovq1
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