From media photos of President-elect Donald Trump and outgoing President Barack Obama in the White House Oval Office the two seemed to have a cordial relationship and all was well as the new party prepared to take over the White House. Trump himself even praised President Obama for helping to make this process smooth. Now President-elect Trump is telling a different story saying “roadblocks” put in place by the Obama administration are slowing the transition.
Trump blasted Obama on Twitter saying, “doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!” The start of this sentiment began with Obama’s declaration that we could have defeated Trump in an interview with David Axelrod on the Axe Files podcast. “I know that in conversations I have 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,” the President went on to say.
The other inflammatory statements that Trump refers to are parts of speeches made by President Obama. At a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack the president warned to resist “the urge to turn inward”, stressing that we should “resist the urge to demonize those who are different.” Another move, a planned speech to be given today on Middle East policy by Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Israel, is rubbing Trump the wrong way. Trump again used Twitter to say, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect.” Trump has criticized the current administration for refusing to veto the United Nations Security Council’s resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Sean Spicer, transition spokesman, says that Obama and his office have given their time during the transition and have been helpful with “mechanical” issues, but also said that the Trump’s Twitter statements speak for themselves.