Trump hours after criticizing Obama: We had a 'very nice conversation'

Trump hours after criticizing Obama: We had a 'very nice conversation'
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE described his Wednesday phone call with President Obama as a “very nice conversation,” just hours after condemning the president on Twitter for his “inflammatory” comments during the transition period.

"He called me, we had a very nice conversation,” Trump said at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., according to pool reports. “We had a general conversation. Very, very nice."

In another brief appearance before reporters later Wednesday evening, Trump elaborated on his comments.

"Our staffs have been getting along very well and I'm getting along very well with him other than a couple of statements that I responded to, and we talked about it and smiled about it, and nobody is ever going to know because we are never going to be going against each other," he said.


Trump's remarks Wednesday afternoon marked a different tone from his tweet Wednesday morning, when he slammed Obama for putting up "roadblocks." Trump's tweet criticized Obama for making “inflammatory” remarks, lamenting that his hope for a seamless transition had been dashed.

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

Since Trump won the election in November, Obama and the president-elect have met and spoken several times as they transition to the new administration. Trump heaped praised on Obama after meeting with him for the first time in the White House, but recently Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize the president.

In a recent interview with David Axelrod, President Obama told his former campaign strategist and adviser that he believed he would have been able to mobilize a majority of people if he ran for another term. Trump responded on Twitter, arguing that he would have defeated Obama in a head-to-head matchup.

Trump's comments about Obama come as he announced that Sprint will bring back 5,000 jobs to the United States from overseas, while another company, OneWeb, hires 3,000 employees. The figures appear related to the new U.S. investment from the Japanese tech company SoftBank, which it announced earlier this month would create about 50,000 jobs here.