- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump reiterated Monday that it’s not his job to defend President Obama, saying Mr. Obama would be unlikely to come to his defense for jokes at the billionaire businessman’s expense at the annual Emmy Awards on Sunday.

“I have no obligation, moral or otherwise, to defend the president. I mean, I’m not supposed to speak up,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox and Friends.” “Last night, they took some pretty vicious shots at me during the Emmy Awards. I don’t think I’m going to see President Obama come to my defense.”

Mr. Trump has come under fire for not more forcefully questioning an audience member at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last week who said Mr. Obama is a foreign-born Muslim.

“Fox and Friends” aired several clips from the awards show, including one of host Andy Samberg saying that Mr. Trump is running for president, “to the delight of uncles everywhere.”

“But I’ve gotta say, sure Donald Trump seems racist … what else?” he said.

Asked if he expected Mr. Obama to defend his character, Mr. Trump said sarcastically, “Well, I’m sure he will. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind.”

Asked if it bothered him, Mr. Trump said no.

“It’s a badge of courage, it’s a badge of honor. It’s sort of amazing when you think of it — you’re watching television, you’re watching the Emmys, and your name is mentioned,” he said.

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