In the heat of the U.S. Presidential race, former President Barack Obama talked with two of his former aides, Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor on an episode of “Pod Save America’’ on Wednesday and he bashed President Donald Trump saying that he lacks the patience and focus to make substantial changes to U.S. foreign policy.
“It’s not as if Trump has been all that active internationally. I mean, the truth is he doesn’t have the patience and the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy,’’ said Obama, adding that the President has systematically tried to decimate the whole American foreign policy infrastructure.
Obama also said that his vice president and now a presidential nominee Joe Biden respects people who know the history and have expertise.
According to The Hill, in a hypothetical crisis, Obama argued that Biden would pay attention to experts who have knowledge of Africa “as opposed to calling it a bung of I won’t say the word – countries.’’
“He has respect and understanding of what American leadership can do,’’ said Obama.
The former president also said that Joe Biden’s stance on U.S. foreign policy has grown through his experience in public service, saying that the Biden as a senator voted in 2002 to authorize military force in Iraq, but later learned a lesson from that.
“Among my senior advisers during the course of my presidency, he consistently believed that we should show restraint and humility and think through the use of military power and had huge confidence and faith in the use of diplomacy as a strategy for, you know, showing American leadership. And that instinct, I think, is going to trickle down, partly because he’s going to have to rebuild a State Department that where some of the best people have been driven out systematically because they weren’t willing to toe Trump’s ideological agenda,’’ said Obama.