When asked at a White House news conference if his policies had contributed to the rise of ''someone as provocative as Donald Trump'', President Obama described it as a ''novel'' accusation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said on Thursday (March 10) the turmoil in the Republican Party, with anti-establishment candidates leading the party's presidential nomination race, is not the result of actions he has taken as president. Speaking at a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Obama said that blaming him for who wins Republican primaries is "novel". Controversial real estate billionaire Donald Trump is currently leading the Republican contest. Obama said Republican leaders should look closer to home for their current dilemma. "What I'm not going to do is to validate some notion that the Republican crack up that's been taking place is a consequence of actions that I've taken," Obama said .