President Barack Obama said he would have taken a more confrontational approach to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, but that he would never have taken such a “gotcha” approach to Donald Trump.
“I would never want to take a ‘get out of jail free’ card for Donald Trump,” Obama said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.
“I would not want to be seen as a ‘nice guy’ by anyone.
And so, I would not have been comfortable with that.”
He added: “If I was in the position, the same scenario could have been played by Donald Trump.”
When asked about Trump’s use of Twitter to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obama said that it’s “disturbing” and “disrespectful.”
“I think what we need to do, in terms of not just taking action on Flint, but in terms that we can make sure that if Donald Trump does something, if he tries to take advantage of people who are struggling in communities that have seen this, he does not succeed in getting them to take his actions,” Obama added.
“And so, we need not only to take action, but we also need to engage with the issues that are around that.”
Obama also addressed his decision to send in National Guard troops to Flint and urged residents to keep their heads up.
“It’s not the right thing to do to be a part of a crisis like this,” he said.
“If you have to make the decision to go to your home and stay home, then you are in the wrong place.”