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On Friday, former President Barack Obama spoke in India's capital, New Delhi, as part of an Asia trip that came just weeks after President Donald Trump's. Although Obama avoided using the words “Donald Trump” directly, he did throw jabs at the president. According to the Associated Press, these remarks “drew laughter from the audience.”
Obama boasted about his Twitter following, saying, “I've got 100 million Twitter followers. I actually have more than other people who use it more often.” Of course, Trump only has 44 million. Then Obama stated that he sees people getting themselves in trouble for the tweets they send and offered some advice: “Think before you tweet.”
He also explained why he uses punctuation in his tweets, saying:
“Which my daughters think is odd. They were explaining to us how if you put a period at the end of a sentence it sounds harsh. I said, 'No, that's English. That's how you know the thought is finished.'”
Then, Obama moved onto climate change and said he could debate those who support fossil fuel use in poorer nations but could not debate with those who didn't believe climate change exists.
“If you're saying it's a hoax, then there's no way for us to bridge our differences in a constructive way.”
This, of course, was an indirect jab at President Trump and others who have called climate change a “hoax.”
Obama was then asked who better reflected America as a whole, Donald Duck or Donald Trump, and he did not respond directly to the question. Instead, he stated:
“It is just this cacophony of life. And it throws up all kinds of variety. And there are political trends in America that I don't agree with or abide by, but I recognize as part of a running thread in American life.”
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