Obama blasts Trump at Clinton dinner: ‘No interest in even gaining the rudimentary knowledge required’
President Barack Obama makes a toast at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2015 (AFP/Yuri Gripas)

President Barack Obama blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Sunday fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.


Politico reporter Gabriel Debenedetti was at the New York City event where the president laid into former reality TV star trump as unqualified and not particularly interested in becoming qualified.

"This guy is not qualified to be the president," Obama said. "And he shows no interest in even gaining the rudimentary knowledge required to make really hard decisions on a day-to-day basis. There's no curiosity, there's no desire to get up to speed. It's an infomercial. It's a reality show. And more disturbingly, it's tapping into some of our worst impulses as a country -- ones that divide us rather than bring us together; ones that seek to put down people who have been historically vulnerable as opposed to lifting them up."

Obama also said that one of the reasons the U.S. hasn't had a female president is because the national character is still coming to terms with its view of strong, independent women.

"We as a society still grapple with what it means to see powerful women," the president said. "And it still trouble us in lots of ways, unfairly. And that expresses itself in all sorts of ways."