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Obama rejects Trump vision of America

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WASHINGTON:  President Barack Obama on Friday dismissed Donald Trump’s depiction of the United States as a nation in deep crisis as just plain wrong and not the experience of ordinary Americans.

In his speech Thursday night accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump painted a gloomy picture of the United States, describing it as awash in urban violence and illegal immigration, among other problems.

Obama said he had not watched the convention — “I’ve got a lot of stuff to do,” he said — but read parts of Trump’s speech.

“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people,” Obama said.

“We’re not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact,” Obama said at a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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