Barack Obama spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep on issues including the Black Lives Matter movement, being the first Black president and how Donald Trump is "taking advantage" of blue collar workers' fears of a financial crisis that will affect their future employment and housing opportunities.
"Some of it justified but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That's what he's exploiting during the course of his campaign," said Obama.
However the president still believes that the country is moving towards more equality as he looks at how his daughters and friends speak on their world outlook, he said.
Racial profiling is a "true problem" for Blacks and Latinos, POTUS acknowledged. "There's no Black family that hasn't had a conversation around the kitchen table about driving while Black and being profiled or being stopped," he explained.
He added that smartphones have helped expose these injustices to the public more than ever. He sees progress happening as "we've been able to have conversations that might not have happened 20, 30, 40 years ago with police chiefs who genuinely want to do the right thing, law enforcement who recognize that they are going to be able to deal with crime more effectively if they've got the trust of the communities."
Moreover, Obama made comments on his citizenship, which was once held under a microscope. He attributed the controversy to being the first African-American president, saying, "I would say that that's something that is actively promoted and may gain traction because of my unique demographic. I don't think that that's a big stretch," he continued.
President Obama also reassured that his administration is carrying out the best military response to defeat ISIL amid a string of terrorist attacks in Paris. Republican candidates who criticize often "don't have an answer" to the issue, he said.
"And the reason they don't have an answer is because the truth is that the approach that we are taking is one that's based on the best counsel and best advice of our top military, top intelligence, top diplomatic teams."
Watch the NPR interview in full below.
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