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Trump: Make America Great Again; Obama: America's already great

"America is winning right now," Obama said in response to Trump's assertion that America "doesn't win anymore."

By Doug G. Ware
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Trump: Make America Great Again; Obama: America's already great
U. S. President Barack Obama speaks during the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable in Washington, Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Obama noted that the overly pessimistic views of the United States and its economy held by the GOP presidential candidates were harmful and not "particularly patriotic". “There’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America—especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world,” Obama said. Pool Photo by Martin Simon/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- It's on his official campaign cap, Donald Trump's crusade credo: Make America Great Again.

But if you ask President Barack Obama, it's redundant. And unnecessary.

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Obama on Wednesday took jabs at Trump's slogan and the real estate magnate's repeated assertion that the United States "doesn't win anymore."

"America is winning right now," the commander-in-chief said at a business luncheon in Washington. "America is great right now."

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Obama's remarks came a few hours before the next Republican debate was set to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

He reiterated his sentiments on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, where he addressed 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed -- a Muslim student who was arrested for showing off a homemade clock at his Texas high school, apparently due to its resemblance to an explosive device.

"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science," Obama tweeted. "It's what makes America great."

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg extended a similar invite.

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"Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed," he said via Facebook. "Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I'd love to meet you. Keep building."

Police ultimately declined to press charges against Mohamed, who himself took the high road online.

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"Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban[d] together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again," he said via Twitter.

Trump, while preparing for Wednesday's debate, applauded a newly-received endorsement from NFL quarterback Tom Brady -- once again touching on the "winning" theme.

"A great honor from somebody that knows how to win!" Trump's tweet said.

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A few minutes later, Trump acknowledged support from other sports figures -- including NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and former basketball coach Bobby Knight.

In a tweet from Tuesday night, Trump also acknowledged actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's replacing him on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

"I hope Arnold S. does well with the Apprentice because he is a nice guy," Trump's tweet said.

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"Also, because I get a big percentage of the profits!"

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