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In Veiled Hit on Trump, Obama Says US Will Be 'Left Behind' If It Embraces Isolationism

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 02:45 PM

In a veiled attack on Republican nominee Donald Trump, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. will be "left behind" if America turns a blind eye and refuses to look beyond its borders, according to The Washington Times.

"If you are the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think, you know, 'we're so big, we don't really have to know anything about other people,'" said Obama. "That's part of what I'm trying to change, because this is actually the region that's going to grow faster than anyplace else in the world."

"If we aren't here interacting and learning from you, and understanding the culture of the region, then we'll be left behind," Obama, who is on a visit to the northern city of Luang Prabang in Laos, said.

While reminiscing on his childhood days in Indonesia, Obama chided Americans for a tendency to ignore what's going on in the world.

"We have to be able to promote principles that rise above any individual religion, nationality, race," Obama said. "And that's what we've been trying to promote — not always successfully. Not everybody in America agrees with me on this, by the way. I'll leave it at that," he added, taking a dig at Trump.

He also pushed back against the Republican nominee's proposals on building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and temporarily banning Muslim immigrants.

When an Indonesian woman asked Obama about American multiculturalism, Obama seized the opportunity to explain that "when times are tough and people feel stressed, they turn on others who don't look like them."

"So we have to fight against that," he said.

Obama is promoting a free-trade deal with Asia-Pacific nations, and believes Congress will approve the agreement after the November elections. Both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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