Barack Obama avoids naming Donald Trump in interview with Prince Harry

The interview was filmed at the Invictus Games in September

The interview was filmed at the Invictus Games in September

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Former US president Barack Obama avoided mentioning Donald Trump in an in-depth interview with Prince Harry.

The interview was broadcast this morning on the BBC's Today programme, for which Harry was serving as guest editor. The interview was filmed during the Invictus Games in September.

Obama declined to mention Trump by name, but did say that social media - of which Trump is an infamously frequent user - can pose major dangers to social harmony.

“One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities," Obama said. "They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.

“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground."

However Obama did say he was enjoying life after stepping down as president in January, and is enjoying a new serenity after eight years in the White House.

He also struck an upbeat note when asked by Harry to "give us a reason to be optimistic next year," saying in response: “If I had to choose any time in history to be born, I’d choose now.”

The conservation even moved on to legal TV series, with Obama telling Harry he prefers Suits to The Good Wife - although the fact that Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle stars in the former show may have had something to do with the answer.