The Obama administration is ramping up its response to a possible Donald Trump presidency, devoting a growing amount of time fielding questions, not only from the press, but from foreign leaders, asking about the impact Trump's proposed plans.
Twice in the last week President Obama has made forceful statements decrying the GOP front-runner's positions. Obama says the world is watching and foreign leaders are asking him about Trump's statements.
"I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made," Obama told reporters at the White House on Tuesday in response to a question about Trump's plan to end remittances to Mexico to pay for a border wall.
"There is clearly interest abroad and anxiety, about the meaning of a potential Trump foreign policy," said Shana Kushner Gadarian, an assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School and co-author of "Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World".
Gardarian says she's received several phone calls from foreign journalists asking about Trump's policies on everything from immigration to trade. She suspects the Obama administration's stronger stance against Trump may be designed to pacify concerns from business associations abroad and foreign leaders and less for the public.
"The positions he's taken are so far outside the norms of how government is running right now - even what other Republicans are arguing - you can understand that kind of anxiety," Gardarian says.