President-elect Donald Trump was not pleased when President Obama made comments during a podcast interview that suggested he could’ve won the presidency again if he ran against Trump.
Donald Trump can’t make up his mind on how things are going between him and President Obama.
The president-elect told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he thought the transition was going “very, very smoothly. Very good.” And in a later appearance in front of reporters, Trump said Obama called him Wednesday for a “general” conversation. “Very, very nice, appreciated it,” Trump said about the call.
But that’s a reversal from earlier in the day, when Trump tweeted that the transition had turned rocky after Obama said he thinks he could have won if he’d been able to run for another term.
“If I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told former adviser David Axelrod in the Axe Files podcast produced by the Chicago Institute of Politics, published Monday. “I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say, ‘The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.’ ”
Trump brought up those comments every day this week.
On Wednesday morning, Trump hit the president over his administration’s refusal to stop a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. Instead the United States abstained during the U.N. vote, which allowed the resolution to pass. Trump was critical of the decision and promised a better relationship with Israel when he is in office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who accused the Obama administration of initiating the resolution, which the administration denied — praised Trump on Wednesday.
Incoming spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday morning said regardless of the relationship between Trump and Obama, he expected the pair to continue to speak regularly. He said Obama and his team have been “very generous with their time” for the “mechanisms” of the transition.
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