Republicans who say they can handle Putin can’t handle CNBC: Obama

  • Reuters, New York
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2015 10:48 IST
US President Barack Obama speaks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. (AP Photo)

President Barack Obama poked fun at Republican presidential candidates on Monday for promising that they could stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they couldn’t “handle” the moderators from last week’s debate on cable network CNBC.

Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and others have criticised the journalists who moderated the well-watched debate for what they said was a failure to ask relevant questions.

Obama, speaking at a fundraiser for Democrats in New York, knocked the Republicans seeking the White House for saying they could turn around ties with Putin, with whom the President has a strained relationship.

“And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators,” Obama said to loud applause from the audience of Democratic donors.

“If you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”

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