Michelle Obama slams Donald Trump as being ‘mediocre’ at charity event

Michelle Obama slams Donald Trump as being ‘mediocre’ at charity event

Michelle Obama has slammed US President Donald Trump as being ‘mediocre’ during a speech at a charity event in Scotland.  

The former First Lady was attending the dinner organised by The Hunter Foundation (THF) in Edinburgh earlier this evening when she made the remarks.

While talking about Trump, she said: ‘There’s something wrong with us as women that we would make that choice… we can’t be okay with mediocrity with men, but demand excellence from women.’

Mrs Obama’s strong words against Trump come just hours after her husband Barack gave a sharp rebuke to Trump by warning that ‘strongman politics are ascendant’ in a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Michelle Obama slammed US President Donald Trump as being ‘mediocre’ during a speech at a charity event in Scotland (pictured)

The former First Lady, pictured here in May, said of Trump: ‘There’s something wrong with us as women that we would make that choice… we can’t be okay with mediocrity with men, but demand excellence from women’ 

Mrs Obama was due to give a speech at the event about her experiences in the White House. 

She also focused on gender equality, a topic she has spoken about on numerous occasions in the past.

She added: ‘I sat at a lot of tables with men who had more money and more degrees and more confidence who I thought were saying things that were wrong that I assumed I just didn’t understand. 

‘Ten years on they’re still talking rubbish. It’s time for them to listen.’

After the speech Mrs Obama is due to take part in a conversation moderated by five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger. 

Mrs Obama also said: ‘We have a lot of work to do. We’re not there yet…I want girls to feel like they own the planet – just treated equally.’

Judy Murray, Mark Beaumont and Beverley Knight were among the guests attending the fundraising dinner.

Singer Beverley Knight also attended and shared her delight by tweeting: ‘I. Just. Met. #MichelleObama [shocked emoji] [heart-eyes emoji].’ 

Speaking ahead of the function, Knight said: ‘This is one of those moments in your life where it’s not just a joy, not just an honour, it’s seismic, it’s historical. So for me, I’m beaming.

The event was also attended by singer Beverley Knight (pictured outside The Hunter Foundation event) who tweeted her delight at meeting Mrs Obama

‘I have never met Michelle Obama so tonight this is desperately exciting for me.

‘When I told my mum, she was almost in tears. For me as a woman, for me as a black woman, it’s just so huge.’

Mrs Obama is understood to have gone into the venue via a back entrance, having been spotted landing at Edinburgh airport in a private jet earlier today.

Her attendance at the gathering sees her follow in the footsteps of her husband, former US president Barack Obama, who visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event with the foundation.

A table for 10 people at the event cost £5,000. All profits will be distributed to over 1,000 good causes via the Kiltwalk charity.

THF founder, businessman Sir Tom Hunter, said: ‘We’re delighted to have the former first lady come and do her first international appearance since leaving the White House, so we’re very chuffed that she’s chosen Scotland to do so.

‘For these events we’ve had some very high-profile men.

‘We’ve had the former first lady’s husband last year, President Obama, President Clinton, George Clooney.

‘Therefore I think it was time to find a woman who’s on the world stage and I don’t think we could have got anybody better.’  

Mrs Obama was spotted landing at Edinburgh airport in a private jet earlier today (pictured)

The former First Lady was seen leaving the airport accompanied by a large motorcade

Obama’s sharp rebuke to Trump as he warns that ‘strongman politics are ascendant’, ‘shameless politicians double down on lies’ and ‘the free press is under attack’

Former U.S. President Barack Obama took aim at ‘strongman politics’ in his highest-profile speech since leaving office on Tuesday.

In an impassioned speech he urged people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat while marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.

While not mentioning his successor President Donald Trump by name, Obama’s speech in South Africa countered many of Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and tolerance.

Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 10,000 people at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg in the centerpiece event of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth. 

Obama opened by calling today’s times ‘strange and uncertain,’ adding that ‘each day’s news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines.’ These days ‘we see much of the world threatening to return to a more dangerous, more brutal, way of doing business,’ he said.

Warning:  Obama’s speech in South Africa countered many of Trump’s policies, rallying people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela worked for including democracy, diversity and tolerance.

Address: Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s widow, spoke before Obama at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, marking 100 years since his birth

Strongman politics: Obama used the phrase after his successor’s press conference with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which was widely condemned for Trump making an equivalence between 

Memory: Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture as his most high-profile intervention since leaving office and to mark 100 years since the birth of the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and prisoner turned president

Crowd: 10,000 people were at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic capital, for the speech

Making moves: Obama danced with singer Thandiswa Mazwai who performed after his speech, with Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa also taking part

He targeted politicians pushing ‘politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment,’ saying they are on the move ‘at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago.’

He attacked ‘strongman politics,’ saying that ‘those in power seek to

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