Trump makes ‘you want to retch,’ says Hollande
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Trump makes ‘you want to retch,’ says Hollande

French president slams GOP presidential nominee for his ‘hurtful and humiliating comments’ about slain US Muslim soldier

French President Francois Hollande meets the public after unveiling a plaque for the start of the enlargement works of the A9 highway, in Rivesaltes, southern France, July 28, 2016. (AFP/RAYMOND ROIG)
French President Francois Hollande meets the public after unveiling a plaque for the start of the enlargement works of the A9 highway, in Rivesaltes, southern France, July 28, 2016. (AFP/RAYMOND ROIG)

PARIS, France — US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes “you want to retch,” French leader Francois Hollande said Tuesday, as he added his voice to a barrage of scathing criticism of the White House hopeful.

“His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when — as was Donald Trump’s case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier,” Hollande told journalists in Paris.

The French leader was referring to a feud between Trump and the Muslim parents of a slain US soldier, which has shaken the presidential campaign just three months before the November vote.

Hollande criticized Trump’s “hurtful and humiliating comments.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia. (AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia. (AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY)

The Republican campaign to retake the White House is reeling from a series of self-inflicted scandals as Trump has in recent days criticized Muslims, babies, firefighters and the military, prompting his wincing Republican backers to issue awkward denunciations.

US President Barack Obama also joined the fray, declaring Trump “unfit” to hold the country’s top office in his strongest rebuke yet of the 70-year-old mogul.

Obama described Trump as “woefully unprepared” and “unfit to serve as president.”

“He keeps proving it,” Obama added, as he called on Republican leaders to disown him.

Trump swept the Republican primary, but is currently trailing Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in general election polls by around four percentage points.

“Democracy is also at stake, as we see more and more people tempted by authoritarianism,” Hollande said, “especially” in the US.

“Should the American people choose Trump, there will be consequences, because a US election is a global election,” he added.

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