Obama criticises 'strongman politics' in coded attack on Trump

Obama criticises 'strongman politics' in coded attack on Trump

Obama criticises 'strongman politics' in coded attack on Trump

"T$3 he world's most prosperous and successful societies, the ones with the highest living standards, and the highest levels of satisfaction among their people happen to be those which have most closely approximated the liberal progressive ideal that we talk about", Obama said. "If you start saying it is an elaborate hoax, where do we start?" "I can't find common ground if someone just says climate change isn't happening".

Obama said that he could find common ground with people who disagree with the Paris accord on climate change - which Donald Trump wants to pull the U.S. out of - if they have an argument based on fact. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they'll change ours.

He added that politics today often rejected the concept of objective truth.

"You have to believe in facts, without facts there is no basis from cooperation", he said.

The speech falls on the day before Mandela's 100th birthday and is part of the series of events the Nelson Mandela Foundation has planned for the milestone.

While not mentioning Donald Trump directly, Obama took aim at him saying he uses "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment", likely referring to Trump's many, angry Twitter rants. It was not, Obama said, 100% majority rule, or a lack of press freedom.

As of Tuesday morning, Trump made 3,251 false or misleading claims while in office, according to the Washington Post's The Fact Checker's database, which analyzes, categorizes and tracks statements made by the president. "It used to be that if you caught them lying, they'd be like, oh, man - now they just keep on lying".

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"Just by standing on the stage honoring Nelson Mandela, Obama is delivering an eloquent rebuke to Trump", said John Stremlau, professor of global relations at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, who called the timing auspicious as the commitments that defined Mandela's life are "under assault" in the USA and elsewhere. "And they are unusual, and they are uncertain", Obama said at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

Obama, who scripted history by becoming the first black President of the United States in 2009, has long shown a fascination with Gandhi.

Obama was joined on stage by President Cyril Ramaphosa who also received a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd, Mandela's widow Graça Machel and businessman Patrice Motsepe.

This is Obama's first visit to Africa since leaving office in early 2017. "I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision".

Before Obama delivers his speech on Tuesday, the former president made a stop in Kenya on Monday to assist in the grand opening of a sports and fitness center.

"To make democracy work, we need to teach ourselves and our children to engage with people who have different views", Obama said.

Imprisoned for almost three decades for his fight against state-sanctioned racial segregation, he was freed in 1990 and quickly set about working to unite the nation through forgiveness and reconciliation, becoming South Africa's first black president.

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