Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s relationship has had its fair share of ups and downs. Trump has called the former president out on Twitter numerous times, but the two have tried to play nice whenever cameras are rolling. Read on to learn why Trump still resents Obama so much to this day.
1. Trump thought Obama acted like he was still president even after the election
Directly after winning the November 8, election, Trump started taking on presidential duties. Duties like meeting with the prime minister of Japan, cancelling two U.S. military projects, and speaking with the president of Taiwan on the phone. Despite his clear intention to get the presidential ball rolling, Trump was upset at Obama for carrying on with his duties in his final days, says New York Magazine.
2. Obama’s statements about Pearl Harbor felt like a direct attack
As if continuing to do his job wasn’t enough of an insult, Obama made a statement about Pearl Harbor that Trump felt was a direct attack.
“Even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward. We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different,” said then-current President, Barack Obama. New York Magazine reported that two people close to Trump had said the statement felt “like direct criticism of the president-elect.”
3. Obama suggested he would have won against Trump
To add insult to injury, Obama said he’s sure he could have defeated Trump were he able to run for a third term. He said on former adviser David Axelrod’s podcast that he felt his message of inclusion, hope, and tolerance would have surely beat Trump’s much darker campaign. Trump responded with a few tweets.
“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc,” he tweeted first.
A few hours later her wrote: “The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!”
4. It’s all about the ratings
As we’ve learned time and time again, ratings are a big deal to Trump. One thing the current president absolutely resents the former president for is their respective ratings. In 2016, Obama had a 64% approval rating. In the same year, Trump’s approval rating was 37%, according to New York Magazine.
5. Trump takes to Twitter
Throughout his transition into becoming the next president of the United States, Trump was not shy about his feelings towards Obama.
“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!” he tweeted on December 28, 2016.
6. Things were eventually smoothed over
Since calling someone (a president) out on Twitter isn’t the most mature way to handle a disagreement, the two spoke on the phone after Trump tweeted about his unhappiness with Obama’s behavior.
Only a couple days later, Trump was telling reporters that the transition was going “very smoothly.”
7. He needs to be Obama’s polar opposite
Though the phone call seemed to smooth over the transition, Trump has been determined to undo everything Obama accomplished since officially taking office. CNN surmises the reason could be that, to really win over the Republican party, Trump doesn’t need to just fight for the Republican agenda, but continue to fight against Obama.
“The best way to distinguish yourself in Republican politics during Obama’s time in office was to position yourself against, literally, everything about Obama — up to and including his legitimacy to be president due to fact-free claims about where he was born,” says the publication.