Obama knew Trump wouldn't let him rest even after retirement: ‘I’m clearly renting space inside the guy’s head’
A new NYT report explores Obama’s differences with the Republican leader and the reasons for them
A new report has claimed that even before former US President Barack Obama left White House, he knew that Donald Trump was not likely to let him enjoy his retirement. “There is no model for my kind of post-presidency. I’m clearly renting space inside the guy’s head,” the 44th president told one of his aides at the White House soon after Trump was elected president in November 2016, as per a New York Times report.
The report published on Sunday, June 28, has explored Obama’s differences with the Republican leader. It also gave a detailed description of how the 58-year-old chose to respond to Trump’s repeated accusations and conspiracy theories against him. The article has also claimed that the friction between Trump and Obama has not subsided ahead of November's general election in which most probably Trump is going to have a face-off with the former vice president, Joe Biden, PEOPLE reported.
After leaving office, Obama has mostly opted not to reply to Trump’s allegations and tweets complaining about him. And even if he responded, the politician did it in indirect ways without mentioning the name of his successor. It has been said that the enmity between the two leaders goes beyond Trump altering policies of Obama-era.
The 45th president has not just blamed Obama for leaving behind problems for him to inherit, but also infamously alleged that the former president was not an American, questioning his place of birth. He has also accused his predecessor of "treason”. “The Obama/Biden Administration is the most CORRUPT in HISTORY!” Trump tweeted on June 25. But Omarosa Manigault Newman, who talked to The Times for its new report, said: “This is personal for Trump; it is all about President Obama and demolishing his legacy. It’s his obsession. President Obama will not be able to rest as long as Trump is breathing.”
Newman is a former contestant of ‘The Apprentice’, who was called "disgusting" by Trump after she wrote a book following her 2017 firing from the White House.
The report also stated that how the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have changed Obama’s re-engagement pact following the retirement. "One thing that everybody has learned by now: The Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress. They’re interested in power,” Obama said in his endorsement of Biden in April.
He also criticized Trump for his handling of Covid-19. In a private call that leaked in May, Obama said: “It's part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else' — when that mindset is operationalized in our government."
Talking of Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, a top adviser for more than a decade, told The Times in its Sunday story: “I don’t think he is hesitant. I think he is strategic. He has always been strategic about using his voice; it’s his most valuable commodity.”