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Obama, on last trip to Europe, warns against nationalism

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 01:36

U.S. President Barack Obama, in Greece at the start of a farewell tour of Europe and stung by the surprise election victory of Donald Trump, warns against a rise in nationalism, saying a backlash against globalization had stoked populist movements at home and abroad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama, stung by the surprise victory of Donald Trump in last week's U.S. election, warned on Tuesday (Nov. 16) against a rise in nationalism and said a backlash against globalization had stoked populist movements at home and abroad. In Greece at the start of a farewell tour of Europe, Obama said distrust of elites and governing institutions had fed success in the U.S. election for Senator Bernie Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton in a drawn-out Democratic primary contest, and for Trump, a former reality TV star who bested the former secretary of state in the U.S. presidential race. Though he rejected a direct comparison between the U.S. election and Britain's "Brexit" referendum in June to leave the European Union, Obama said the common theme of antipathy to globalization was at play, spurring populist movements on the left and right in Europe. Trump garnered support on the back of promises to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, ban Muslims temporarily from entering the United States and rip up trade deals that he said had hurt American workers. Obama, who campaigned vigorously for Clinton, opposed those positions and is fighting now to keep his legacy accomplishments on healthcare, climate change, and nuclear diplomacy alive in the face of Trump's promises to dismantle them.

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Obama, on last trip to Europe, warns against nationalism

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 01:36