Obama took the Republican presidential candidates to task over their frustration with last week’s debate, NBC News reported.
Obama said their comments about the CNBC debate signaled their ineffectiveness on the world stage.
"Every one of these candidates says, 'Obama's weak, Putin's kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he's going to straighten out,'" Obama said during a democratic fundraiser in New York City.
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Obama added that if the candidates couldn’t "handle a bunch of CNBC moderators," he didn’t think “the Chinese and Russians are going to be too worried" about them.