Trump slams Obama for 'inflammatory' statements

Trump slams Obama for 'inflammatory' statements
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE criticized President Obama early Wednesday for making “inflammatory” statements during the transition period. 

“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition — NOT!” Trump wrote on Twitter.


Obama said Monday on a CNN podcast that if he had been able to run for reelection again this year, he would have won.

Trump has responded on Twitter numerous times in recent days, writing one that there’s “NO WAY” Obama would have beaten him and later adding that the president “campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.”

Obama made an apparent reference to Trump on Wednesday when he spoke at Pearl Harbor after his historic meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, telling the U.S. not to “turn inward.”

"It is here that we remember that 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," Obama said.

Early in Obama’s presidency, Trump became one of the leading voices in the “birther” movement questioning the authenticity of the president’s birth certificate and suggesting he was not born in the U.S.

After Obama released his long-form birth certificate, Trump bragged that he was the one who forced him to do so and for years continued to claim uncertainty about Obama’s birthplace.

In September, Trump acknowledged Obama was born in the U.S. and sought to blame Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE for being the true source of the birther conspiracy during her 2008 Democratic presidential primary fight with then-Sen. Obama.

Trump frequently attacked Obama on the campaign trail on issues ranging from ObamaCare to the Iran nuclear deal to the fight against terrorism. 

Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump rebukes Holder, Clinton with 'jobs not mobs' refrain Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump Eric Trump calls out Holder on kicking comments: 'Who says this?' MORE frequently campaigned for Clinton during the presidential election and openly criticized Trump.

But after Trump’s Election Day win, Obama welcomed Trump to the Oval Office and said he was committed to ensuring a smooth transition.

Trump and Obama maintained an open line of communication after the election, and the two spoke “a handful” of times in November, the White House said at the time.

“I do like him. I love getting his ideas, Trump said after the Oval Office meeting. "And I may differ in many cases, I differ very greatly. In many cases I’m the opposite."

During a press conference after the election, Obama praised Trump's “impressive” ability to energize supporters and suggested he had qualities that would help him as president.

“I don’t think he is ideological,” Obama said. “I think ultimately he’s pragmatic, in that way. And that can serve him well.”

Trump said earlier this month that he has consulted with Obama on some of his Cabinet nominations.

Updated at 10:54 a.m.