“Of course the elections will not be rigged, what does that mean? asked President Barack Obama today in a press conference at the Pentagon. Covered live by cable news and NBC, the incumbent was responding to a question about comments a down-in-the-polls Republican hopeful Donald Trump made publicly this week saying he believes the election is fixed against him. “If you want to be President, you have to start acting like a President,” Obama mocked Trump in a bit more of a low key tone than of late.

“If Mr. Trump is suggesting that there is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country, including in places like Texas, where typically it’s not Democrats who are in charge of voting booths, that’s ridiculous,” Obama said of the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host, seemingly both trying to stifle a laugh and amazed he had to answer such questions. “That doesn’t make any sense and I don’t think anybody would take that seriously.

Never shy to take a swipe at constant critic Trump over the years, Obama had recently declared that the GOP nominee was “unfit to serve as president” after blasting him last week at the DNC.

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“I’ve never heard of someone complain about being cheated before the game was over or before the score is even tallied,” the birthday-celebrating POTUS said Thursday mocking Trump’s remarks. My suggestion would be go out there and try to win the election.” After delivering a mini-lecture on how voting actually works in America and how the federal government doesn’t run it, Obama added ”if Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15-points on Election Day and ends up losing, then maybe he can raise some questions.” With an almost giggle, POTUS stuck in a verbal shiv next with “that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.”

With Iran, terrorism, Zika virus, Russia and sentence commuting coming up, Trump wasn’t the only topic at the 1-hour presser after the Commander-in-Chief participated in a National Security Council Meeting of U.S. moves against ISIS – but he was a repeat one. “I obviously have a very strong opinion about the two candidates running, one is very positive and one is not so much,” Obama replied to a later question if he trusted Trump with America’s nuclear arsenal. “This is serious business.

POTUS’ remarks Thursday come as the First Family is about to depart for its annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard from August 6 to the 21st.