Trump: Obama is the worst thing that ever happened to Israel

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, particularly its relations with Israel and China, during a visit to a Christian university in Virginia on Wednesday.

“We’re going to be the smart country instead of the dummies that everyone laughs at,” Trump said during a forum at Regent University. “They laugh at us.”

Trump called Obama “the worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel.”

Regarding China, Trump said, “We have a lot of power over China, we just don’t know it. … What they’ve done, and I say it’s the greatest robbery in the history of the world, what they have done. We’ve rebuilt China.”

Trump blamed the Obama administration for businesses leaving the U.S., and said the country needs to reconsider its policies.

Discussing Ford Motors, Trump said, “Ford is building a $2.5 billion plant and they’ll have illegals drive the cars across the border.”

The real estate mogul also took aim at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support of Obama’s policies, saying, “Boy, did you ever see anybody so nice to the president, though? ‘Oh, the president is wonderful,’ she says. ‘Oh, the president, he’s great.’ … You know why she’s doing that, right? You know why? I know why. Boy, oh boy, she’s become like a marshmallow.”

Trump, who is working to win over some of the Republican Party’s evangelical base, was joined on stage by televangelist Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Robertson asked Trump what criteria he would be searching for in a nominee for the Supreme Court.

“Pro-life. … It starts with that,” Trump said to applause and cheers from the audience.

As part of his criticism of Obama’s foreign policy, Trump said his business experience would enable him to strike better diplomatic deals. He also referenced his book on business negotiations, “The Art of the Deal.”

“Who didn’t read the ‘Art of the Deal?'” Trump asked. “I always say the Bible is much better. There’s not a contest, right? … Obviously [U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry did not read ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Probably didn’t read the Bible either.”

Trump was joined on stage by his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, who praised their father’s business prowess.

“Everything he touches turns to gold, and you know that’s the touch that this country needs,” Eric Trump told the crowd.