Barack Obama has given his most damning criticism of Donald Trump so far, claiming the presidential hopeful ‘doesn’t know much about the world’.

The billionaire businessman sparked outcry with his recent comments that South Korea and Japan should have access to nuclear weapons.

Trump told The New York Times that he would consider letting the countries build their own nuclear weapons, rather than have them count on the US for protection against North Korea and China.

President Obama has made no secret of his disdain for the Republican front-runner but he condemned his latest comments in scathing fashion.

He told reporters on Friday: “What do the statements you mentioned tell us?

“They tell us that the person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula, or the world generally.”

Obama said Trump’s candidacy had come up as a topic with world leaders on the sidelines of the summit, and he lamented the state of the Republican race.

“Even … those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to US elections because they understand the president of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the world,” he said.

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