The former US President reacts to recent developments in the White House (photo credit: Getty/AFP)

President Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama on Friday launched a stinging attack on the current US leader and the “crazy stuff that is coming out of this White House.”

“This is not normal, these are extraordinary times and they are dangerous times,” the immediate past US president told students at the University of Illinois.

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He called for “a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government.”

Obama warned that American democracy depended on his audience turning out to vote in November’s congressional mid-term elections.

“Now, some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime,” the Democrat said.

“But just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different.”

Obama made an apparent reference to a New York Times editorial that has angered Trump.

Concise news had reported that an anonymous author, described as a senior Trump administration official, claimed to be with working colleagues to protect the US from the current president’s “worst inclinations.”

Obama said: “They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the crazy stuff that is coming out of this White House and then saying, ‘Don’t worry. We are preventing the other 10%.'”

However, the 44th US president did not blame Trump for the divisions in the country by saying that he (Trump) was “a symptom, not the cause.”