Obama said Trump had tapped into something¬† that “exists in the Republican Party that’s real. I think there is genuine anti-immigrant sentiment in the large portion of at least Republican primary voters.”

“He is, you know, the classic reality TV character,” the Democratic president said, adding it was not surprising Trump had received a lot of attention in the campaign’s early stages.

Asked if he thought Trump would eventually disappear from the race, Obama replied: “I’ll leave it up to the pundits to make that determination. I don’t think he’ll end up being president of the United States.”