Statement by Donald Trump: No talk with Obama since inauguration

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Donald Trump apparently does not want to talk to his predecessor in office Barack Obama about content – the last and only conversation on this level took place more than three years ago, according to Trump. That was enough.

The first term of US President Donald Trump is drawing to a close. He plans to defend his office in November. One of the issues of the past few years for the Republican has been the criticism of the work of his predecessor Barack Obama. And even in the current election campaign Trump is not letting go of the opportunity to taunt the former president.

After his inauguration more than three years ago, Trump says he has not had a single substantive conversation with his predecessor. Trump said on Thursday evening (local time) at a Fox News “Town Hall” event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, that after his meeting with Obama in the White House following his election victory in November 2016, no such conversation has taken place. The meeting at that time was “essentially our only meeting,” Trump said. “And it was enough for me.”

Trump said that he spoke to Obama again at the funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush in late 2018, and only briefly. “I was at President Bush’s funeral, sat next to him and said “Hello”, and then I said “Bye”, that’s about it.” Trump added with regard to Obama, “I didn’t like his work. I didn’t like the work that he and (Obama’s Vice President Joe) Biden did. Trump took questions from moderators and voters at the Town Hall event.

Trump is counting on Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate
According to the Republican Trump (73), he expects Biden to challenge the opposition Democratic Party in the presidential election on November 3. Trump said at the “Town Hall” event that he had already mentally adjusted to the “communist” Bernie Sanders (78). But now it looks like “sleepy Joe” Biden (77) is going to win the race for the US Democratic presidential candidacy. “And I’m just saying: How did this happen?” mocked the president.

When asked about the division of the country – which critics blame on Trump and his heated rhetoric – the president said: “There is a division, that is beyond question. Politicians must be able to be civilized. If they are not, you have to fight back.” The Republican accused the “radical left Democrats” of causing the split. But Trump also said, “I think the country is much more united than people think.”

In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ex-Vice President Biden is ahead of Sanders in the Super Tuesday primary. Biden made an unexpected comeback in Tuesday’s primary. The moderate candidate won in 10 of 14 states. His only serious competitor is now Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist. After the withdrawal of Senator Elizabeth Warren (70) on Thursday, only Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (38), who has no chance of winning, is still in the race.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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