In contrast to how incredibly unpopular President Trump is in Europe these days, former President Obama is greeted like a conquering hero when he steps foot on the European continent.
On Thursday, Obama was in Germany, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and spoke about the importance of countries being willing to take in immigrants and people in need. The former president commented:
“In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child.”
That’s certainly what the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran all teach us. And yet Trump disagrees with that notion and claims to be a Christian.
On the topic of humanitarian aid, which Trump has also said needs to be drastically cut, Obama said:
“We have to recognize that everything that happens on the other side of the world affects us as well…. if there’s conflict, if there’s war, if there’s poverty, we can’t isolate ourselves, we can’t hide behind the wall.”
Though he didn’t specifically say so, the subtext was clear from President Obama: That includes walls you want to build on the border with Mexico.
The former president also noted that educating all of our citizens is crucial to any country being successful:
“No county will be successful if it leaves half of its children… uneducated and on the sidelines. We have to think of them as all of our children. If Malia and Sasha are doing well but the majority of their peers are not, that’s gonna affect their lives in some damaging way.
“The good news is that we know what to do, the bad news is that we haven’t convinced everybody of the necessity of doing it.”
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